“Christianity cannot be true because of the evil and suffering in our world.” That sentiment seems to be echoed today on the controversial front page of the New York Daily News, which declared about yesterday’s deadly shootings in San Bernardino: “God Isn’t Fixing This.”
Well, what do we expect? God is just and his justice prevails, along with His love and mercy. But God is not weak or soft, and in a nation that has turned its back on Him, suffering will occur as a consequence.
First, prayer to Almighty God is a serious act. And just because we don’t live in a peaceful world doesn’t mean that God isn’t hearing and answering our prayers, and it doesn’t mean that He is not at work. But the truth is that we live in a fallen world, and many want to reap God’s blessings without ever having to deal with His judgment. One myth about Christianity is that if God was real, He wouldn’t allow bad things—like mass shootings, sickness and death—to happen. But the truth that counters that myth is that Christianity offers the best hope and power to deal with suffering.
That myth is just one explored in my newest book, “The God You Thought You Knew: Exposing the 10 Biggest Myths About Christianity.” In it, I dispel the myths and untruths about Christianity and replace that with the truth of who God really is.
Secondly, we also need God’s protection. This bloodshed on American soil will continue until we genuinely turn back to God. Our leaders must promote morality, natural law and the Ten Commandments. There is the easy way, to follow God’s precepts in our leadership, or the hard way, which is to continue to fight truth and refuse to acknowledge the reality that our world is lost without God. Will we humble our hearts or harden our hearts? The American people and her leadership have accountability in the events that take place on our homeland.”
“That arrogant New York Daily News headline isn’t just an attack on Republican presidential hopefuls, but on all Christians and God Himself,” Jason Jimenez, founder of Reshift Ministries. “The more our culture becomes anti-God and anti-Christian, the more our culture will succumb to violence. The truth is that we need to return to God, now more than ever, not away from Him. We don’t have a gun problem. We have a God problem.
“Rather than sweeping God under the rug and blaming Him for not ‘fixing’ all of our problems, we need to reinforce biblical truth,” Jimenez continued. “People who are claiming that ‘God isn’t fixing this’ are attacking the God we worship. So as Christians, we need to defend Him. After all, the liberal left is quick to defend radicals, shift the blame and reclassify terrorism as something else or ignore it altogether. This is a hostile way of addressing the issue; it’s hatred.”
As a Christian leader, I was quick to call out the lone gunmen Robert Lewis Dear, who perpetrated the attack on a Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood facility last week, and I made it known that violence is not the answer in the name of any belief. Therefore, Muslim leaders must do the same and denounce violence as well.
If Islam is really a religion of peace, we need Muslims and all clergy to condemn acts of terrorism. Yet, they won’t call out their own.
Alex McFarland is a Christian apologist and evangelist and host of the annual Truth for a New Generation apologetics conference. He has written 17 books, and also serves as Director of the Center for Christian Worldview and Apologetics at North Greenville University, located in South Carolina. www.alexmcfarland.com www.truthforanewgeneration.com