Why do the righteous suffer and the wicked often seem to prosper? This is the theodicy question, otherwise known as the “Justice of God” concern for those faithful believers who have strived to do the right things according to their faith but have still come up short. A couple easy-to-follow books I have recently read are Can God by Trusted? by John G. Stackhouse and Pathways to Theodicy by Mark S.M. Scott. Both authors suggest that the cruciform or crucified (and risen) God is a trustworthy model for Christians to consider.
“The Real Man Of La Mancha” by Frank Ramirez
“Non Sequitur” by C. David McKirachan
The Real Man Of La Mancha
by Frank Ramirez 2 Corinthians 6:1-13
…but as servants of God we have commended ourselves in every way: through great endurance, in afflictions, hardships, calamities, beatings, imprisonments, riots, labors, sleepless nights, hunger… (2 Corinthians 6:4-5)
Our three readings for this week hang together very well. Paul tells us that we need to work together in love, putting behind us the world’s way of doing things in favor of changing the world into the Eden God intended it to be. The Gospel lesson teaches us that miracles are possible, as it describes Jesus sleeping through a violent thunderstorm that rocks the boat, until his disciples wake him to their danger. He immediately rebukes the storm, and wind and wave become completely still.
There was a story in our local paper recently about a local television newsreader who had visited a chiropractor. The chiropractor went off to America to learn some new techniques and on his return rang the newsreader to ask whether she would like to try out his new equipment.