Monday Musings for 7.6.20
Rabbi Harold Kushner wrote a book in 1981 with a title you will recognize. When Bad Things Happen to Good People. It was written to correct the mistaken notion that God rewards good people and punishes bad people. So if bad things happen to you, it must mean you are bad. And if good things happen to you, it must mean you are good.
Jesus said that God “causes his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous” (Matthew 5:45).
In other words, good things and bad things happen to all people, whether we deserve them or not.
One of the great truths of the Bible is that when bad things happen, God is able to bring good out of the bad. There is no better example than the cross. Sinless Jesus suffered a painful, shameful death he in no way deserved. The worst thing happened to the best person. Yet out of that came the resurrection. And out of that came our salvation.
The Salvation Army does God’s work, bringing good out of bad. Here is an ad of theirs I just saw:
Every day of the year, somewhere in our community,
Tough breaks happen to honest folks.
Evictions happen to people with babies.
Initiations happen to kids who don’t know any better.
Lay-offs happen to single parents.
Abuse happens to the defenseless.
Empty bank accounts happen to hungry people.
Crime happens to vulnerable neighborhoods.
Storms happen to the unprepared.
But thankfully, every day, somewhere in our community . . .
GOOD PEOPLE happen to BAD THINGS.
Yes, it is true. And never more so than in these days when so many are hurting.