Basket of Figs

Published 2002-4

Bud Powell

Trinity Covenant RCUS, Colorado Springs


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They Just Can’t Stand It!


The other day, a caller to the Dr. Laura pop-psychology radio talk show asked advice about a dilemma she faced.  It seems that her mother had moved into a high crime area where drive-by shootings were common.  The dilemma for the caller was that she was afraid to take her children to see their grandmother.  Dr. Laura told her not to take them there, but to meet grandmother in another place to visit.  But that is not the story.


After Dr. Laura had given her advice, the lady went on to say that she was not afraid for herself.  “I am a Christian, and God takes care of me.”  That’s when Dr. Laura lost her cool.  “Do you mean that God does not take care of the little children who are caught in a drive-by shooting?”


The really sad thing was the ignorance of the caller, who was intimidated by Dr. Laura, and dissolved in incoherency and protestations, “That is not what I meant,” she pleaded.


The trouble is, the average confessing Christian doesn’t really believe that God brings all things to pass, in spite of the clear teaching of Scripture.  Those who do believe it, are not capable of giving a clear witness and explanation of what they believe.


The presence of evil in the world is one of the major excuses that unbelievers hide behind and it is high time for Christians to study their Bibles and find an explanation and reason for the hope that lies within them.


The truth is that God upholds all things by His powerful hand.  The biblical truth is expressed very well in the Heidelberg Catechism, Question Twenty-Eight:


Q28:  What does it profit us to know that God created and by His providence upholds all things?

 A28:  That we may be patient in adversity, [1] thankful in prosperity, [2] and for what is future have good confidence in our faithful God and Father, that no creature shall separate us from His love, [3] since all creatures are so in His hand, that without His will they cannot so much as move. [4]  

1.  Rom. 5:3; James 1:3; Job 1:21   2.  Deut. 8:10; I Thess. 5:18  3.  Rom. 8:35, 38-39  Job 1:12; Acts 17:25-28; Prov. 21:1; Psa. 71:7; II Cor. 1:10


It is too bad that the caller didn’t go on the offensive and ask Dr. Laura some such questions as these:  “Do you think that God is unable to protect the babies that are killed in a drive-by shooting?”  “Do you think that God is unwilling to protect the babies killed in a drive by shooting?”   “Do you believe in God at all, especially the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob?  Or do you believe in some namby-pamby God in the image of your own sentimentality and ignorance?”

“Do you believe that God is so wise and powerful that He can make even the evil of a drive-by shooting turn to His own honor and our good, as the Scripture says.”  “Are you just trying to be politically correct and define God down to the level of modern vacuity?”  “Do you think that difficult concepts will go away because you adopt bully-boy tactics?”


These are good questions, and there are many others just as good.  The God of the Bible is all-wise, all-powerful, all-just, and all-loving.  Because we can’t catch something in our net, it doesn’t mean it is not a fish.  [See the article below: “Why the Wicked Have Power.”]


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