Tackling two questions this week. Our first is one that is on all of our minds: Why would God allow a pandemic?

I am more on the free-will side. I don’t think God “allows” things, it’s our choice. Historically, we’ve seen all sorts of pandemics. It’s a harsh world out there. I don’t know why it happened and there’s all sorts of debate as to how. What I do know is that there is a bug that’s easy to catch and pass around. We need to do our part to keep that from happening but we have to choose to take those measures. To get vaccinated, if we can. To care for our neighbor.

We were never promised it would be easy. In fact, Jesus says in John 16:33, “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” Jesus overcame the world through love, peace, and grace. We are called yet have to choose to do the same.

How can we overcome our fear of speaking out when we see an injustice. Silence at times is taken for agreement.

Yes, MLK stated, “In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies but the silence of our friends.” The best way to break the fear is to do it. Start small. You don’t need an eloquent speech, it could be as easy as “ouch.” Or, “I don’t agree.” I’m not sure what the exact context is that caused your question, but start small. Be in dialogue with the person you disagree with or said the offending statement.

As one of my professors, Dr. Jim Childs said, “Dialogue is not debate. Dialogue is to discover. Come to the table with full integrity of speaking and hearing. Until you can articulate the position of those who are around the table, then you have no integrity in giving your own judgment on their position.”

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