Life is tough.
It gives you lemons.
It throws you curve balls.
<Insert your own unpleasant life metaphor here>
Sometimes even the strongest Christian can look around at his or her life and wonder, “How in the world did I get here?” or “This is not what I had planned.” In some cases, there may be a pretty valid answer. In others, it would seem like simply bad luck. Regardless, when bad things happen to good people, the question is always raised, “Why do bad things keep happening to good people?”
The world seems to be broken. On first appearance faith (especially what we experience in American Christianity) doesn’t seem to be working to fix it.
This is the first post in a series where I hope to answer this question in a biblical and understandable way. Disappointment can be a stumbling block, a hurdle to faith and a reason to justify unbelief, which makes it just the kind of question that the ChurchlessPastor wants to take on!
Here are the topics we’ll discuss (These will become links as the series continues):
- What do you mean, “doesn’t work?”
- When Prayer doesn’t work
- When Playing by the Rules doesn’t work
- When Going to Church doesn’t work.
- When Baptism seems to be broken.
- Buried Alive (Baptism #2)
- Why it doesn’t “work”
- Fixing what’s broken
Did I leave something out? What question would you like answered? Leave your suggestions in the comments below.