I WAS a communist, a draft dodging, angry socialist who marched in the streets, protested apartheid, war and poverty and got arrested because I wanted to help bring justice to the world.
I thought if enough people felt outraged at the way things were, changes could happen. But I realised that wasn’t going to happen. Too many people were operating on greed and self interest. That was human nature.
Then I became a Christian. If I thought God didn’t care about suffering in this world, I’d be p….d off as well. But I’m not.
I’ve seen lots of injustice and it still upsets me. But I believe God suffers with us because most of the suffering is the result of our free will and our silly rape of the planet.
Jesus is the prime example of God’s love for us. A weeping, bloodied Jesus suffering for us and loving us. God is not distant.
If there is any hope in this world it lies, for me, in the forgiveness and redemption of mankind by a loving God. This world can be a terrible place as well as a beautiful one.
In the end, it’s a temporary place for all of us. I’m probably more realistic about life as I get older. It’s a hard place and the innocent suffer. But the fault is not God’s . It’s ours and I think we need to face up to that reponsibility.