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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