Where Was God on 9/11?

Posted: September 11, 2013 in Christianity
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9-11In times of crisis and tragedy, we often hear questions like “Where was God?” or”How could God allow this to happen?” I’m sure those questions were asked countless times during and following the 9/11 attacks in 2001. Here are my thoughts on the subject…

Where was God on 9/11? Exactly where you can always find him:

  • Indwelling his people, giving them the strength to endure even the most heinous, evil acts perpetrated against them and others;
  • Acting in ways we know nothing about to make sure his ultimate purposes and plans are accomplished;
  • Waiting eagerly for anyone and everyone to call on him for strength, for hope, for peace, for salvation;
  • Working through the actions and prayers of countless people to make a positive difference in a fallen world;
  • Allowing all of his creation the free will we say we want, even when some choose to do unthinkable evil with that freedom.

God did not cause those evil acts on 9/11, nor is he obligated to prevent such things. His human creation has been given and expects to exercise free will to make our own decisions in life. If you think that God is somehow obligated to prevent evil acts, then you are saying that you want God to control your every action, to remove your free will, to make sure that everything is rainbows and unicorns. But I know you don’t really want that. You want to exercise the free will he gave you, even if that means you rebel against him, even if that means others rebel against him.

For love to be love, it must be willing and not coerced. That means God loves us enough to risk having us not love him in return. That means he lets unthinkable things happen at times, not because he wants or causes them to happen, but because humankind is responsible for its own choices, and sometimes we make terrible ones. There are eternal consequences for such choices, but we would shake our measly little fist at God if we didn’t at least have a choice.

We were not made as puppets, so why, when something bad happens, do we suddenly complain as though God is some giant puppeteer causing all the bad? We can’t have it both ways. Either we have free will and we are responsible, or we do not have free will and God is calling all the shots. Yes, I firmly believe he can and does intervene in the lives of humankind, but never to cause evil.

Where was God on 9/11? The same place you can find him today:

  • Indwelling his people, giving them the strength to endure even the most heinous, evil acts perpetrated against them and others;
  • Acting in ways we know nothing about to make sure his ultimate purposes and plans are accomplished;
  • Waiting eagerly for anyone and everyone to call on him for strength, for hope, for peace, for salvation;
  • Working through the actions and prayers of countless people to make a positive difference in a fallen world;
  • Allowing all of his creation the free will we say we want, even when some choose to do unthinkable evil with that freedom.
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  2. Jill says:

    That was a good one. Thank you Jeff. I agree, real love=Freedom. God’s ways are not the world’s ways…He is never surprised, like we are when tragedy strikes. He knows the ultimate outcome. He has given instructions/guidelines on how to conduct our daily lives. He tells us He LOVES us, is so willing to forgive us! if we would just ASK! He knows our motives, if real or superficial flattery. God wants us to know Him, and so many choose to dismiss this as fairy tales… then demand to know why bad things are allowed to happen. Rember Job. He lost everything, yet he did not curse God, as even his wife said to…and he got everything he lost back many times over. I certainly do not claim have all the answers about that horrid day. Sometimes we bring it on ourselves…by our actions, He gives us many “if /then promises”. Many are forgotten…that is why He repeats Himself, and calls us sheep… the dumbest, silliest animal. We forget!! We wander just like sheep.
    He does not “make” anyone love Him. He tells us exactly how pattern our lives, to reverence the Lord, how to treat our spouse, our kids, all others, not to lord it over others if there is a place of authority, but for the Leaders to be the servant! And as far as we are able to try to live in peace with all men. So many don’t bother to read the instructions…or add or subtract from His Word. That gives a skewed sence of truth. We demand our own way apart from God. It is not necessarily working out so well, is it?

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