Get up, God! Are you going to sleep all day? Wake up! Don’t you care what happens to us? Psalm 44:23 (TM)
Wendy and I saw a play the other week. It was called Camp Angel and it provided Wendy and I a lot of food for thought. In the play’s most dramatic scene, a radical Christian who had committed acts of terror here in the United States was being tortured in order to get him to reveal who his accomplices were. He took the torture, crying out his misplaced faith in his god. The prison official then, as the prisoner was tortured, cried out his agonizing doubts and disappointment with a "Where were you, God?" mantra as he recounted scenes like Dachau and Darfur.
One of the most difficult questions we all must grapple with is the tragedy, both personal and corporate, of living in a sinful world where people are given the choice to do evil things. Bad things happen to good people in this world in which evil is as ever-present as good.
Faith, the Bible says, is the "assurance of what we hope for, the evidence of things unseen." Sometimes that means being assured of that which is good in the midst of overwhelming evil.