It occurred to me recently that people who blame God for bad things in their life are kinda like the people who blame fast food restaurants for bad health. You could call it “doubting God” if it helps you relate. It’s not always a conscious, outright, blame, but we can all relate to wanting to blame him can’t we?
So the analogy: You may think that sounds funny, but let’s consider the parallels…
It wasn’t by God’s design that “bad things” (to keep it general) happen in this world, nor that we would “need” fast, quick, cheap, unhealthy food.
It was by our own free will that we designed our lives to operate at the pace in which we would have this perceived necessity for fast food joints. Likewise, it was by our own free will that we rebelled and created a world in which “badness” came to be, and now we do have an absolute need for grace and salvation from our own choices.
Sure people are going to set up all kinds of schemes to profit off of these realities. After all, it’s not like it does any good to pretend they aren’t there either, and people are gonna be people… Yet, nobody forces you to support them.
In another sense – and this especially applies to when you get yourself into tough situations – there are some places, like McDonalds, that go as far as even list the calories for you. Ya know, like saying, “So here’s what you’re working with and what those consequences will be.”
You see it already… just like God has done for us in his word. He told us what we’re working with here and how to function best.
I mean, if you can’t make wise choices with the more-than-sufficient information that’s been given, then there’s really nobody to blame but yourself.
There’s never anyone to blame, but ourselves.
So how bout we commit to doing the work… The inconvenient, often opposing our nature and circumstances, very, hard work to figure out how to make educated, considerate, constructive, instructive, helpful and good decisions in a world of bad. Cause really, bad choices are just… easy.
We’ll all be healthier and happier when we do. Plus the more you do good, the easier being good (in all its forms) becomes!
It’s a flawed analogy at best – as they all are – but maybe you see what I’m getting at.