by Mike Perry

There is so much pain in this world.  So much despair.  Why is that?  Why does a loving God allow all this violence and evil to happen?  Could God stop it if he wanted to?  I have to think that he could.  So why doesn’t he?  Well, first we should know that the calamities of this world are man’s doing, not God’s.  That man’s inhumanity to man is our fault, not God’s.  Our greed and desire to possess and take from others what is not ours has been a stain on humanity since our ancestors first left the trees, perhaps before.  So why does God permit this in a world he created?  Well, I certainly do not presumed to know the mind of God, but perhaps it is so we will learn.  For how can we know the good if we don’t experience the bad?  Perhaps the day is coming when God will wipe away the bad forever.  Until then God calls us each and every day to love each other just as he loves us, without conditions.  We need only have ears to listen.  Maybe that’s the answer!  In the meantime bring your questions to Francis Street First Methodist Church in downtown Saint Joseph.  Because we have questions too.  Let us explore them together.   #NewPlacesforNewPeople