Where is God in All of This?

TsunamiPastor David Fairchild delivered a sermon in response to the Tsunami. As many Christians and non-Christians wrestle with the loss of life and severe devastation, it is easy to ask, Where is God in All of This? Quote:

The reason a question like “Where is God in all this suffering” is difficult, is not because we have no answer to give. It is difficult to answer in a time like this because our answers must carry with them the compassion, gentleness, and reverence, that is due. We need to feel the question before we can give any type of intellectual response. We can’t be void of “speaking truth in love” (Ephesians 4:15), lest we represent God as an unfeeling, uncaring, glob of energy that has no real connection to the pains of this world and has no real interest in the affairs of men and horrors of their life. Many of us may want to speak truth, and many may want to be loving, but the challenge of speaking truthfully in a loving way during such a tragic time is not easy for you and I.

This message caused a mixed reaction from tears to anger. As David said in this message, “Here we are. Faced with a choice this morning, our choice is a simple one; curse or worship. That is only two conclusions I believe we are left with when we undertake what we are talking about- will we curse God, or will we worship Him in calamity?”

2 Comments
  • Todd Sloan

    January 28, 2006, 4:15 pm

    You should update this link that currently exists on your main page. I’d be interested to hear more of Fairchild’s sermon. I believe part of the problem relates to our indifference toward tragic events in the lives of individuals.

    We have no problem uniting under the banner of Christian love (and even humanitarian/philanthropic servitude) when tragedy strikes large groups of people (like the Tsunami). Until recently when 9-11 happened and the hurricane hit the Gulf Coast Region, America has been unscarred by national tragedies of the scope of the Tsunami (what you mentioned as the example in his sermon). But when those events happened, thousands of people across the country mobilized their own personal resources as well as their physical bodies to aide the victims of tragedy.

    But what about individual lives? What about those who live subtle, quiet lives that are tragic? How are we reaching them? This question comes to mind a lot in my own quiet devotional times with Christ, because as a teacher of at-risk at a large public high school in a suburban town of 30,000+, I am literally the hands and feet of Christ to my students, even though I am not at liberty to actually pray for them and talk with them about the love of Christ during classtime.

    I know I need to be more bold; more willing to “speak truthfully in a loving way during a tragic time” when I am counseling my students, or when I am teaching them how to do algebra, or how to write a strong research paper. It’s all inter-related. I can live and breathe the things of Christ, if only I will daily sacrifice my selfish human motives and attitudes…

    What I mean by general indifference

    Do you have any mp3 files of his sermons or yours?

  • David Fairchild

    February 23, 2006, 11:37 pm

    Todd,
    Thanks for the comments. I feel you brother. I know how difficult it must be at times to communicate with the mouth what the hands are doing and vice versa.

    Here is the link to our sermons…have fun!
    http://www.kaleochurch.com/preaching.php

    Hope this helps.

    David