The NFL has been under a lot of scrutiny lately. There have been a rash of misbehaving athletes – drunk-driving, assaults, drug violations, and domestic violence – just to name a few. As both a parent and a Vikings fan, Adrian Peterson’s troubles struck me particularly hard.
As fans, we watch our favorite players perform on the field, we listen to locker-room interviews, and we think we know them. But the truth is we don’t really know them at all. The same is true of any celebrity. That’s why entertainment shows like ET, websites like TMZ, and magazines like People and Entertainment Weekly are so popular. We watch these people on TV and in movies, but we want to know: what are they really like?
We no longer just care: is he a good football player? Is she a good actress? We want to know: what kind of person is he or she? Is he a good husband? Is she a good mom? What causes and charities do they support? Are they good people?
Our curiosity about God is no different. We may believe that He exists, but we want to know what kind of God He really is.
Sure, God may be all-knowing and all-powerful, but what we really want to know is…
Is God good?
We want to know if He is not only big enough to govern this world, but also small enough to care for me.
I believe this is the question that people are asking far more than: is there a God? As we observe the world around us, we see a lot of pain, evil, and suffering. And when bad things happen, we don’t doubt the existence of God so much as we doubt His power and goodness.
If God is both GREAT and GOOD, why is there so much suffering in the world?
The ultimate question is:
How can a good God allow bad things to happen to good people?