My Doubts, My Faith, My Journey
Why Didn’t God Stop Stephen Paddock?
Why didn’t stop Stephen Paddock? Goodness. He was a 64-year-old man. I can think of a thousand ways that God could have stopped him dead in his tracks.
If I were God, I would have stopped Stephen Paddock in a heartbeat. I would have given him a stroke or had him throw a clot.
As he traveled from Mesquite, Nevada to Las Vegas, I could have caused the sun to glare across his windshield, blinding him so he would veer off the road, crash into a ravine, and die in the wreck. It would be no problem for me to stop Stephen Paddock, if I were God.
But why stop there? I’ve been to Southeast Asia many times helping trafficked children. If I were God, I would protect these precious lives and stop their rapists and abusers.
But why stop there? I would help children all over the world. No child would be abused, neglected, mistreated, if I were God.
But why stop there? If I were God, I would help adults, too. I would stop rapists, murderers, thieves, and drunk drivers. Racism would end. Things would be different, if I were God.
There’s a big problem with the “Why Didn’t God Stop?” question. For it shows that we really don’t want a God who is truly good. For a good God would not only wipe out the evil that disgusts me but also the evil that delights me.
God is doing something better in the world than destroying evildoers. He’s redeeming them. Not all accept his grace. And that means not only do they suffer the consequences but also those whose lives they malignantly touch. Evil has a ripple effect.
However, if God stopped all evil, where would that leave you? Where would that leave me?
In the meantime, bad people do evil things while some find hope and forgiveness. It’s an unpleasant reality, if we’re to make room for redemption. It’s a good thing I’m not God.
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