Discipleship means allegiance to the suffering Christ… It is a joy and token of His grace. …Dietrich Bonhoffer
It is Sunday in Pigeon Falls and Pastor Joan is putting the finishing touches on her sermon.
Here is a part of that sermon:
I was at a Wedding reception a few weeks ago and a man , who had had a little too much to drink came up to me. He stuck his finger in my face and said “ What about dead babies, huh? What do you have to say about them”
How do you answer that?
I said “ That’s a good question come to my office during the week and we’ll talk about it.”
He walked away muttering “ Stupid Pastors never give you a straight answer.”
I assume the question behind his finger was “ How can you believe in a good and loving God in a world that is not good, not loving, and certainly not kind.
How can you believe when babies die?”
Usually I am asked that question by people who don’t want to believe.
They always have that smug , now I’ve got ya, look.
And they do.
I don’t know why babies die. I don’t.
I don’t know why the poor suffer. I really don’t.
I don’t know why God gave us free will. I really don’t.
I could spend this entire sermon telling you the things I don’t know.
But this I do know.
When the guy with the smug look walks away having stuck it to the preacher I hear a voice saying “ Will you too go away?”
Will I throw it in and become a teacher or a social worker?
In this age of unbelief walking away is far easier than staying.
But I suppose it always has been.
But then I hear myself joining Peter and saying “ Lord where shall I go. You have the words of eternal life.”
I don’t follow Jesus because of proofs.
I follow Him because he is for me the Truth and the Way.
He gives me joy and peace. He sets me free.
In Him I am alive.
Lord where else can I go. Your it.
You’re the One.