I recently came across some memes on Instagram in which a person, who seemed to be an atheist, blamed God for the poverty in the world. There were pictures of refuge kids and the caption read – “God’s Vacation Pics”. Another picture was of a few malnourished kids and the caption read – “God has the most amazing plans for you”. He claimed that God doesn’t exist, if He did then there shouldn’t be children suffering from poverty, hunger and malnutrition.
One thing I don’t understand, if he believes there is no God, then why blame Him for the poverty? And how easy it is for people to create memes about the hungry kids, in the comfort of their houses and accuse God for His inexistence. Anyways…
These memes and much more very demeaning memes about Jesus and God in the person’s Instagram account were very disturbing to me personally. I don’t know much about atheism and why some people deny God’s existence. I can only assume it’s because God doesn’t do things as per their To-Do list.
So coming to the point of blaming God for the poverty issue, I think it’s a very baseless claim. Should God send food for the hungry kids from heaven? Even if He did that and pleased us, tomorrow we might blame Him for some other evils of the world and the blame game would continue on and on. He isn’t our genie to do things as per our commands. I am sure He doesn’t want us to have a transactional relationship with Him, one which is based on conditions – I obey you, Lord; you must obey me in return.
We won’t fully understand with our limited human knowledge why certain things happen or why certain things don’t. But one day, we will have all the pieces of the puzzle together. God’s folly is wiser than Man’s wisdom and His weakness is stronger than man’s strength. When we compare the entire humanity with the unfathomable universe He has created, we will be measured as just a handful of sand particles. Who are we to even question Him?
I don’t understand Einstein’s theory of relativity. Does that mean I should conclude that he didn’t exist? Or what he states in his theory isn’t true? It’s the same with God. Just because we don’t understand His ways, it doesn’t mean they aren’t factual or He isn’t real.
I am not a theologian or a debater, neither do I want to win an argument. I may not even have all the answers but I just want to share some thoughts of mine on this topic from an ordinary person’s perspective.
Firstly, reading ridiculous memes on God felt atrocious and disheartening to me. It’s unbearable to see someone you love is being accused falsely. I remember, when I was 10 years old, my dad was pastoring a church. He served the church very faithfully with a minimum income. My siblings and I had witnessed his life. One day, the church committee members came to our home and began to accuse my dad of false charges regarding the church resources. This felt dismaying. I could hear their loud and angry voices from the adjoining room. I couldn’t say any word but I was sobbing. All I wanted to say was “what they say isn’t true about my daddy.” I knew my father very well. I knew his struggles pastoring a church, raising a family of four kids, helping his elderly parents with a minimum income and doing part-time work for some extra money for the family’s needs. Eventually, my father resigned from the church but the accusations against him could never be proved valid.
Now the same feelings are recurring in my heart as my Father in heaven is being accused. Perhaps, it’s the feelings of that 10-year-old sobbing girl who wants to say, “I know my Father, and what they say isn’t true about Him.” And this makes me write this post.
Throughout the Bible, we see that God used people to reach people. For instance, when He wanted to release the Israelites from Egypt, He sent Moses. He used Joshua to further lead the Israelites. When He wanted the people of Nineveh to know about Him and turn from their evil ways, He sent Jonah. When he wanted to save His people from the Philistines, He used David. He used Esther to save His people through her bravery,. He used the apostles to carry the Gospel into the world and the list goes on. He used humans to help humans. And we see the same thread runs through all the stories in the Bible. And the ultimate of all, when the world was in the snare of sin, God became flesh and made His dwelling among us. We called Him Jesus, the very human form of God himself.
So, God who continually wanted to help and rescue His people is the same, yesterday, today, and forever. Since the beginning, He is in the business of turning chaos into order.
Doesn’t God’s heart break to see the little ones go hungry and suffer? It sure does. And that’s why becoming His hands and feet for the suffering world, is His call for us and one of the purposes of our very existence.
“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me. Mathew 25:40
The greatest commandment in the Bible sums it all up. “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.” The love must reach out to others from our lives through our actions.
We are also called to be the light of the world. Therefore, the light must reach to the darkness to illuminate it. Why is there more darkness? Because there is less light in it.
If you see a child playing on a road and a truck speeding towards him, will you expect God to save the child or will you pick up the child from the road by yourself? I am sure we have the needed wisdom to save that child’s life. If the child gets hit by the truck while you are still hoping God for his rescue, will you blame God for not saving the child? Will you just deny His existence altogether because the child was dead? Will you accuse God of not doing anything, when He is an omnipotent God?
The poverty cycle will end when we humans reach to humans following His call on our lives and be available with any resources we can. As Mother Teresa said, “If you can’t feed a hundred people, then feed just one.” The world will be a better place for everyone to live in when we seek out His guidance, His principles and His will for our lives and follow them wholeheartedly.
Sadly, we expect it from someone else. If not me, someone else will make a difference. There is a story of a king who asks his people to fill a pond with milk. He announced that one person from each household has to bring a glass of milk and pour it into the pond during the night. One man decides that he will just pour a glass of water instead of milk. He thinks, it won’t even be noticed because everyone else will be pouring milk. The next morning the king comes to visit the pond. The pond full of water surprises him. Just like the man, everyone else had poured water into the pond thinking that it won’t be noticed.
Are we following our King’s command diligently or are we assuming that someone else will follow it?
Each one of our life’s contribution matters in His Kingdom expansion.
“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” – Edmund Burke
So, it’s not we, who should blame God for the world’s crisis. Rather it’s us to be blamed in the first place. But our loving Father always wants to show His mercy and give us yet another day, another breath, another chance, another forgiveness and another grace to realize His dream for the world.
The question remains – will we continue to blame Him for the things He doesn’t change or will we come forward and respond to our call? Will we deny His existence for the things He doesn’t do according to our check -list, or will we do some self-evaluation to see if we have failed in some or other ways in fulfilling our purpose? Will we continue to ask ” Where is God?” or Will we ask ourselves ” Where are we?” Will we continue to dispute and contest God’s existence or will we make the most of our existence?