As we mourn the victims of the tragedy in Orlando, many of us are struggling with the age-old question: “Why does God allow tragedy and suffering?” I honestly don’t have all of the answers. But I know that God in still in control, and that he has a plan.
After the tragic theater shooting in Aurora, Colorado several years ago, Christian apologist Lee Strobel struggled with this question as well. Here’s the conclusion he came to:
“I don’t have God’s mind; I don’t share his perspective. In 1 Corinthians 13:12 we’re told, “Now we see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity.”
Someday we’ll see with clarity, but for now things are foggy. We can’t understand everything from our finite perspective. And frankly, the people suffering from this tragedy don’t need a big theological treatise right now; any intellectual response is going to seem trite and inadequate. What they desperately need now is the very real and comforting presence of Jesus Christ in their lives. And I’m so grateful that so many churches and ministries of this community are helping them experience that.
Yet it’s still important to grapple with the question of why God allows suffering in our lives. Even though we can’t understand everything about it, I believe we can understand some things.
Lee goes on to deliver a powerful sermon on evil, suffering, and the love of God. Take the time to watch the whole thing below. It’s worth your time.