You Believe WHAT About God? Tuesday Thoughts 21 January 2020

I thought this Tuesday Thoughts edition was going to take a while to figure out what to write. I was wrong. It comes out of something that happened last week: 4 year old Wyatt Spann died from cancer. And this reminded me of something that happened a few years ago–the death of another young child, Noah Crowe, from cancer. It’s not “MY” feelings about these tragedies, but the things “some” people say. To be more specific: What some who call themselves ‘Christians’ say to broken and grieving hearts. It’s not only at funeral homes where they speak these abominations, but being active in disaster response, I’ve heard some of the same poor, DEPLORABLE theology.

Below are some of the DESPICABLE, VILE, LOATHSOME AND WRETCHED things some people believe, and Dear Lord In Heaven, say to people in the worst moment of their lives:

  • God needed them more than you. Really? God actually needs something to exist? I always believed He was self-sufficient.
  • God wanted another angel in heaven. Again, really? If God wanted another angel all He has to do is create another one.
  • He was just saving them from the future heartaches they would face. Bejeezus, folks! This is so asinine I’m not even going to comment on it!
  • It was the will of God! Good Lord, in Heaven. Does your ‘god’ (notice the use of lowercase) will and plan for parents to lose their child? Do you really think God wills suffering and heartache? If you do, you have given your heart to a cruel god (again, lowercase)!

Honestly? I don’t fully understand why children have to suffer, even die from cancer or a million and one causes. And speaking of being honest, I shout out in anger and frustration at God when it happens. I was angry when little Noah died. I am angry that Wyatt died. And in this moment I’m praying for another infant, little McCoy who is suffering from liver failure. Truthfully, I’m frustrated that God hasn’t yet healed McCoy.

I don’t understand or pretend to know why such things happen. I have some thoughts; maybe another Tuesday I’ll share them. But right now, in this moment, here is the single thread I’m holding onto: God Did Not Will Or Cause These Tragic Deaths! God was not behind it, but He Is In Front Of The Aftermath And With Us In Our Pains And Griefs!

And in this morning’s frustration, God who is out front and ahead of us gave me a Scripture that refutes the above-mentioned Despicable Theology: “Be still, and know that I am God!” (Psalm 46:10 NLT)

I always thought that phrase “be still” literally meant “don’t move”. But that’s not what the Hebrew word raphah means. It means “to let drop, abandon. Can’t you see? You and I don’t give God His identity. We don’t define God. Even though many try, defining God and His Ways are way above our pay grade. And when you feel the need to explain God to people facing these types of situations, my counsel to you is DON’T DO IT! If you really want to help them, try crying with them.


12 thoughts on “You Believe WHAT About God? Tuesday Thoughts 21 January 2020

  1. I agree that the first two statements, that God needed the child in Heaven and that he is now an angel, are foolish things to say but the other two statements are often true. If someone can die and it not be God’s will, then God is not omnipotent and there is some other power that can defeat him. When someone dies it is always God’s will. And sometimes he does take a child to protect it from future suffering. When the child of Jeroboam died God sent him this message through a prophet, ” And all Israel shall mourn for him and bury him, for he only of Jeroboam shall come to the grave, because in him there is found something pleasing to the Lord, the God of Israel, in the house of Jeroboam.” 1 kings 14:13


    1. Clyde, I see your point. But I also see something deeper. Death was never God’s Plan, thus not His Will. So tragedies are never God’s Will–Not everything that happens in this world is God’s Will–BUT God has a Plan in every circumstance. AND I am confident when I see Him on the other side–everything I was wrong about, He will correct me.


      1. I agree with your point, Pastor Randy. It doesn’t necessarily follow that if something happens against God’s will that He’s not omnipotent. Sovereignty simply means one has authority and power. But I can have the power to do something and also sovereignly choose not to use it. In God’s case, it’s because He chooses to give us free will, for love cannot exist without free will and God is love. Saying everything is His will would make Him the author of evil, which is untenable and unacceptable. James said God doesn’t tempt anyone to do evil, we choose to do evil things. It would also be absurd to pray that God’s will be done if it was always done. It clearly isn’t.

        Jesus gave God’s opinion on death by raising people’s children from the death during His earthly ministry and, ultimately, by defeating death with His resurrection. In the meantime, we continue to live in the mystery of it all.

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  2. Just for the record Randy, I left a final message on Anthony’s repost of this blog entry. I stated that I rather enjoyed this one as it contained a lot of honesty. The message seems to have disappeared.
    Take care and may the Grace of Jesus be with you and yours.

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  3. Reblogged this on The Recovering Legalist and commented:
    Just the other day I shared a post from Pastor Randy which generated a lot of response, some not so positive. Well, I guess I’m a sucker for punishment because I’m going to do it again.

    I don’t want to give any spoilers, but I, too, have heard some seriously stupid answers to the question of “why?” when it comes to the death of children (I worked in a funeral home for several years). The “angel” and “He needed them” reasons were also sickening to me. Yet, some of my Calvinist friends have also attempted to give some pretty sad excuses (ask John Piper), but that’s another argument for another day.

    Anyway, “be still and know that I am God” is in vinyl lettering (from Hobby Lobby) above the mantle in our dining room.

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  4. So, I wonder… should I share this post on my blog like I did another one? Should I stir up a cauldron of controversy like I sorta did with the last one (“Damn the torpedoes…”), or just let the sleeping puppy who won’t want to stop playing as soon as I wake him up lie there a little longer? Hmmm.

    And should I get a bow tie like yours?

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