Why did God allow the Boston Marathon tragedy?
Some are questioning how God could allow such a thing as the Boston Marathon tragedy. Well, how do you think God feels … as He looks down on the frivolity over things like running, while He is being ignored by the mainstream institutions (media, schools, etc.)?
If we want to understand God’s role in things like the Boston Marathon tragedy, we need to look at life from the bigger picture. And regarding the not-so-United States, here is the bigger picture.
There is an air of frivolity and “everything is okay” all taking place in a culture that is heavily polluted with sin, and reaching to legalize more sin. Why isn’t the culture having as a prime focus to end the sin? That’s why God has little respect for the culture, because that’s what He wants … a pure, peaceful, loving, harmonious-with-holiness society.
But this society not only promotes sin, it works to eliminate God’s influence from the society, calling those who try to get God’s ways heard – proponents of “hate speech”.
And it’s not being recognized that people who are driven to horrific acts are growing up in a society of sin, not love or holiness. And the torment and pressure from that sin is so extreme in some that they turn to the dark side to express their anger. So if we want to prevent those kinds of situations, we need to make it easier for people to fulfill their basic needs of love/family/romance and inner peace (which only comes from God). Proof of that is that there weren’t these kinds of incidents in the ‘50s, when the country was more in sync with God and gave Him more respect and admiration. And treating mental and emotional illness with drugs and not God is not the right approach. But if the healing institutions won’t allow God, then that’s a huge problem.
Yes, from the human perspective, when things like the Boston Marathon tragedy happen it hurts our heart to see the victims. But then again, how many hurting Iraqi and Afghan hearts happened DAILY during wars that we were involved in and even (I say erroneously) caused? Why do we only see things from our perspective … or the perspective of our leaders?
God told humans to “be fruitful and multiply” … to which He responded by growing babies inside of women. Yet through abortion we kill His responses. How do you think He feels about that? And the leaders that this nation elects are heavy supporters of that barbaric act, as well as other sins that God has previously destroyed entire nations for, like homosexuality. This last election was tragic in God’s eyes, as the party that promotes sin gained a lot of power. Given all of this, should it be a wonder that God’s grace towards us has diminished? In fact, shouldn’t we be expecting His correction?
Therefore, as we mourn individual human tragedies, keep in mind that God even destroyed the entire human civilization at one point (except for Noah and his family). If we want God’s favor, then we have to come to understand the good of God’s perspective and ways. But it’s hard to get that understanding if even discussing those ways is only confined to churches but is legally banned from mainstream institutions under the false guise of separation of church and state. And how many personal conversations between Sundays include God?
2Chronicles 7:14, “if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”
Notice that that wasn’t even a call to the public at large. It was a call to “my people, who are called by my name”. So then how did blacks, Hispanics and Jews who call themselves religious vote in the last election? They overwhelmingly voted for the party of sin.
The first step towards advancing this in a positive direction is to, instead of emotionally reacting, pursue understanding God by studying the Bible.
Byline: Dennis Marcellino is the author of many books, including The Plague Of Liberalism (www.ThePlagueOfLiberalism.com) and Why Are We Here? (www.LighthouseBooksAndMusic.com).