While being forced to watch the hanging of a child at Auschwitz, holocaust survivor, Elie Wiesel writes, “Someone asked, ‘For God’s sake, where is God?’”
Just the headlines of a newspaper, the first ten minutes of a news broadcast, or a quick look online will reveal the worst of evil and suffering in the world. With a 24 hour news cycle in place, it can be overwhelming. Such a feeling leads many to question or even abandon their faith in a God who promises to know and care for his creation. Others point to the presence of suffering as proof of God’s absence altogether. This is a formidable problem, but not a new one.
While no single sermon could begin to alleviate the pain many of us have experienced, this message does seek to explore how Christianity can address the very real and important problem of evil and suffering. We’ll look first at an approach I don’t believe helps at all, then three that can help a great deal.