Why Does God Allow Children To Starve?

This is a very old question asked of Theists for as long as I can remember, and very similar to the question… why does evil exist? For the question of starving children please allow me to be as blunt and straight forward as I can:

God does NOT allow children to starve, WE DO.

Yes, YOU and I and everyone else on Earth, we are responsible for the starving children. God has done his part to provide us with all the resources we need to provide food, clothing, shelter, health care, education, you name it… to EVERY living human on Earth. We have ABUNDANT resources that God has given us and what do we do with those resources?

We take care of ourselves first. If it’s a government we are talking about, we “the people” probably spend that money and those resources on building weapons of war.

Perhaps this is in our nature, or who we are as a people and it certainly is not something we like to think about as we sip our Starbucks Frappucinnos… but let’s try to remember something: When we walk out of our front door (especially if you live in the United States) we can probably walk 1-5 miles in any direction and quickly find several fast food restaurants and grocery stores. Yet if we continue to walk in that same direction for another 5,000 miles we are bound to find suffering and starvation.

Suffering that we look at on TV commercials asking us to send just .35 cents a day, or in newspapers, magazines and on the internet. Suffering that will get us to LIKE a meme on Facebook with a photo of a starving child, or cause us to go on a self-righteous rant that will probably rise to a heated debate among our friends. Then when the smoke settles and the dust clears, we have the gall to get angry with God over the situation. Why didn’t he magically make fruit trees spring up next to those children? Why doesn’t he just magically heal them all? Why this, why that… but there is one question we never seem to want to ask.

Why haven’t WE done something about it?

Again we go back to human nature and how it makes us more comfortable to cast aspersions and blame on others, than to look within ourselves for the answer. We do not have a starving child problem in the world, we have a human nature problem and until we come together as a unified RACE and overcome this need to kill each other and only look out for ourselves, we will ALWAYS have suffering.

Until we recognize we are ONE group of people, we will always sit smugly behind our borders with our Lattes and look sadly upon these poor starving children of the world… as we turn the channel, or flip the page and go on with our lives.

If you want to make a difference you can, if you want to go on with your life as if nothing is happening… that is your choice as well. But PLEASE do not blame GOD for your inaction, for your selfishness or for your willingness to turn a blind eye.

God is not to blame, WE are.

 

Stay Strong & Stand Tall

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Filling That Void

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Many times in life we find ourselves searching for something. This search can take many forms and take us many places. Maybe we seek enlightenment or a simple adrenaline rush. Perhaps we feel a need or thirst that we just cannot quench.

What is the cause or source of this void in our life? From a Biblical perspective and more specifically Christianity the answer is Jesus Christ. This void is what God instilled within all of us that would cause us to seek Him out. Sadly what most people do is try to fill this void with something, ANYTHING except God… from possessions, drugs and sex to false idols and other worldly desires.

If you cheat on your spouse for a few moments of pleasure, how does that really fulfill you in life? If you shoot drugs into your veins for that momentary high, how does that really fulfill you? Certainly you will feel that pleasure or that high and it will feel good, but those feelings are fleeting and what are you left with? Guilt, shame, emptiness, broken marriages, shattered lives?

More importantly, if you can rationally understand the consequences of your actions before you take them, and predict how much destruction will be brought to your life… why would you still take those actions? Back to the example of the cheating spouse, you know that cheating could have very severe consequences… a broken marriage, lost trust, possible divorce… not to mention all the people this affair could affect in very negative way. So what could possibly motivate you to move forward with it? Why do you get lost in that brief moment of pleasure?

So far I have asked a lot of questions, now let me attempt to provide some answers. As I already stated we have a built-in desire to seek God, this has been in us since the dawn of man. Long before the Bible or Jesus Christ walked the earth people yearned for God and would seek something to fill that void in their life. The ONLY way you will find true fulfillment and fill that void is to develop a relationship with the one who put it there. Every day you have to strive for righteousness and live according the example Jesus Christ provided us.

In simpler terms, live a Godly life and always do what is right. This sounds SO easy, but actually is incredibly difficult for most people… but why? For me, and I do talk from experience, it boils down to your closeness with God. If you are having daily conversations with God (in prayer and scripture) and with every breath and action drawing closer to Him… you will find it much easier to avoid the temptations of a fallen world. If you step away from God and walk with the world, those same temptations will take hold and you will find yourself on the edge of making a huge mistake that could be very costly.

There is another very important aspect to Godliness, and that is discernment through the Holy Spirit. Imagine for a moment you are a Super Hero, and actually you don’t have to imagine it… for if you have the Holy Spirit, you have God within you and what could be more “Super” than that! But I digress, you are a super hero and one of your powers is a “Danger Sense”. Just like Spider-Man you are able to avoid dangers by noticing them BEFORE they can affect you in a negative way. This would be a pretty cool super power right? Well I think so, and guess what? That is exactly what the Holy Spirit gives you… the ability to discern SIN. As a non-believer most people don’t even accept that Sin is real, let alone that they partake in it. But as a follower of Jesus Christ you gain an incredible sense of what Sin IS, how dangerous it can be in your life and as you grow stronger in Christ how to avoid it all together.

But here is the reality, if you want to have access to this great power of the Holy Spirit you HAVE to STRIVE for that relationship with Jesus Christ. Just like you can walk away from God, you can also diminish the influence of the Holy Spirit in your life.

This will NOT be an easy road to travel, especially if you are a new believer in Christ. Living a life of righteousness can be the most challenging task you have ever attempted, but the rewards are like no other. Imagine being blameless in all things, imagine living every day knowing you have done no wrong, imagine how those in your life would be affected by this new life you live.

Please do not misunderstand me, I am not claiming you can lead a SIN-FREE life, as that is only possible by one man in Jesus Christ. What I am claiming is that you can lead a blameless and righteous life, and when you do it will be the greatest life you could ever imagine.

Stay Strong & Stand Tall

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