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Liberal 'love'

"Liberal 'love'" Continued...

Issue: "Upside down," April 9, 2011

That's startling: We frequently call upon God to exercise more mercy, but here He did so in a way that led to more evil, in the short run. The grieving father, grabbing for perspective, says, "I am not saying anything, either way, about anything. . . . Just that maybe . . . maybe you don't want to change the story, because you don't know what a different ending holds." Voskamp reflects, "There's a reason I am not writing the story and God is. He knows how it all works out, where it all leads, what it all means."

She continues, "If I had the perspective of the whole, perhaps I'd see it? That which seems evil, is it a cloud to bring rain, to bring a greater good to the whole of the world? Who would ever know the greater graces of comfort and perseverance, mercy and forgiveness, patience and courage, if no shadows fell over a life?"

Many people might accept that, but then argue about how big the shadows should be, but Voskamp concludes, "Anything less than gratitude and trust is practical atheism. . . . Perhaps the opposite of faith is not doubt. Perhaps the opposite of faith is fear. To lack faith perhaps isn't as much an intellectual disbelief in the existence of God as fear and distrust that there is a good God. . . . The fear is suffocating, terrorizing, and I want the remedy, and it is trust. Trust is everything."

Amen. And one other note of grace: Voskamp writes that when she was a child, she saw on a billboard in a forested area only unreadable words. Then her parents took her to get glasses. When she wore them, she could read the billboard's words, "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ." Her conclusion: "The woods spell out words. I need a lens to read them." The lens, she says, is "the Word," and it "has nail-scarred hands." -Marvin Olasky

Timothy Dalrymple
Timothy Dalrymple


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