I want to sincerely express my condolences to all who were impacted by the recent theater shooting in Aurora, Colo. I’m also a moviegoer and can’t imagine the trauma you had to endure. I’m praying for your healing as you move through this nightmare.
Why did this have to happen?
For years I have tried to explain this concept with very little success. However, most recently, I’ve had several epiphanies and now I can better explain why bad things happen to good people.
It’s not an easy pill to swallow but given my own experience I now get it. It also helps that an entire TV show is completely dedicated to it. So here’s my take.
This didn’t have to happen.
So there was this couple in a gorgeous, perfect garden. They had it all. Free food, shelter and clothing was optional because there was nothing to be ashamed of. They were in communion with their Creator who loved them more than any of his other creations.
Of course, as any loving Creator would do, he set Divine boundaries for their safety, protection. They were free to do as they pleased as long as they stayed within the safety and care of their Creator. If they chose to step out of bounds there would be deadly consequences.
He set a table for them that had life and death on it. He suggested they choose life. What’s important here is He let them decide.
As in all gardens there were pests and other life abounding. One day, one of these pests, a serpent, persuaded one of the created to test only one of the rules. The serpent planted his own seed, i.e., sin, in the mind of the created and watered it with doubt. The seed grew. It was being cultivated with truth wrapped tightly with lies. Eventually it grew into rebellion that resulted in testing the Creator.
The Creator told them if they ate of or even touched a particular tree they would die. The lie they believed was that they would not die and they would be more like their Creator. One grabbed some fruit took a bite and didn’t die. They offered some to the other created and they didn’t die either. Both were amazed that nothing happened.
Like any good parent, the Creator had to allow them to suffer the consequences of their poor choices.
Sin sucks for the rest of us
God gave us free will so that we would choose a relationship with him freely. However and unfortunately there are those who have chosen death aka, a sin lifestyle. These are the people who get it twisted and believe the truth that is completely unrecognizable because it has been wrapped like a gift with lies.
Sin brings on the ugly. Sin forces those who want to choose life to dodge sin’s deadly bullets. Pun intended.
Briefly, it’s about a high school chemistry teacher, Walt, who contracts cancer. Concerned for the financial security of his family long after he dies he agrees to help one of his former students make a nearly pure form of crystal meth.
This is where the slippery slope begins. The initial sin is agreeing to break the law. The lie is that breaking the law will benefit his family financially. Walt eventually admits he has made a series of very bad Breakingdecisions.
Bad choice #1
As a direct result of his bad decisions, aka, sin, the following bad thing happened to good and completely innocent people:
Walt chooses to watch rather than save the life of a choking girl. The father has been fighting for the life of his meth addict daughter for years. Now he is ruined when he learns of her death. He is an air traffic controller.
After a period of extended bereavement, he prematurely returns to work. Thoughts of his daughter still consuming his mind, he tries his best to pay attention to air traffic on his radar screen to no avail. Two passenger planes collide mid-air killing all passengers and crew.
Had Walt never agreed to make crystal meth in the first place none of this would have happened.
Bad choice #2
Sept. 11, 2001, was the darkest of days for America. Our freedoms and lifestyle were under attack by a radical sect of Muslims who believed they were justified in their attempt to bring America to its knees and hopefully destruction.
Thousands of innocent, God-fearing people died that day doing what was expected of them. They were not sinning yet one man’s sin, i.e., Osama bin Laden’s sins of pride, arrogance and hate, several men were persuaded to sacrifice their lives and kill innocent people.
Bad choice #3
Jerry Sandusky, former Penn State football coach and convicted serial pedophile, went for years unchecked despite several warning signs because he was within a circle of denial. Yes, Joe Paterno filed a report but willful disregard for the safety of those children, zero follow-up and follow-through, and a greater desire to win football games ensured those boys would continue to be sexually assaulted. The sin is pride aggravated by indifference.
Bad choice #4
We all know that smoking cigars and cigarettes causes cancer yet millions around the world smoke anyway despite clearly labeled warnings. So why are people surprised when they get lung cancer, emphysema, esophagus cancer or any other related disease? Weren’t they warned?
Yes but they chose to tempt fate anyway because just like our couple, they didn’t heed the warning. They believed a lie. They believed smoking calms their nerves, soothes their soul.
The sin? Pride, arrogance. They believe on some level they know best. When they get the diagnosis, they turn around and attempt to sue the tobacco company for damages when the tobacco company gave them plenty of warning on all of their ads and directly on the packaging.
This sin is further exacerbated by the fact that despite clinically proven negative public health consequences, tobacco companies continue to market and sell their products. Their sin? Greed.
He’s right there. His heart breaks when he sees the results of poor choices.
Going back to the parenting analogy, when our children become adults we must let them go and experience this world on life’s terms. Even as children, there are times we have to allow them experience firsthand the consequences of their choices whether good, bad or indifferent.
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Boricua Confidential chronicles my new life as a single mom of two kids after my husband died from cancer on our son’s seventh birthday. Join me on this journey of change, revival, reformation, discovery and new direction ordered of God. Being a widow ain’t easy, that’s for sure. I refuse to rollover and die. Quite the contrary. I intend to thrive from this crazy life. You can’t keep this woman down. If I’m down, I won’t be for long.
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