Why Do Bad Things Happen to Good People?

I wish the answer to that question was simple.  Why did slavery happen to good people? Why did the Holocaust happen to good people? Why was the taking of Native American land justifiable?  Why does gun violence continue to take the lives of innocent people? Why are innocent people killed drunk drivers? Why are good people continually robbed by cyber criminals on the internet? Why are good students bullied at school?  Why does racism and prejudice continue to affect the lives of good people? I could go over forever with examples. When people ask me why God lets bad things happen to good people, I often ask how we may have prevented the bad thing from happening.  I believe we put a great deal of responsibility on God when we have the capabilities to prevent most of the problems humanity faces today.  I wonder if the question might be posed a different way. Why do we let bad things happen to anyone, and what can we- individually and communally do?

Rev. Dr. Deborah Brown, Pastor

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Pastoral Letter Concerning Texas Shooting

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

I do not have the words to convey my sorrow and pain created by the senseless deaths of twenty- five people, and the fifteen-to-twenty wounded during the shooting within First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, Texas. This horrible act of violent reminds us that we live in a broken and fallen world, and that sacred worship spaces are not immune to gun violence. We shall continue to worship without fear and suspicion, and as a congregation have conversations about church safety.

Let us pray for First Baptist Church members, the pastor and his family, their community, those left behind, and yes, even the lost soul-the perpetrator. May we discern a way to extend our love and compassion to First Baptist Church at this troubling time.

Yours in Christ,

Rev. Dr. Deborah Brown, Pastor