A Sermon for Covenant
“Does God Cause Our Suffering?”
Covenant Baptist Church, San Antonio
Third Sunday of Lent
March 3, 2013
Kyndall Rae Renfro
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This text was a conundrum to me all week. Perhaps, if you were able to give it a read on Lectionary Tuesday, it perplexed you too.
First Jesus seems to be saying how wrong it is to blame tragedy on sin. Do you really think the Galileans who were killed by Pilate while they were making their sacrifices in the temple were worse sinners than the rest? No, of course not! Do you really think the 18 people killed at random by a falling tower were more guilty than the rest of us? Of course not!
Then Jesus says the oddest thing of all, “But unless you repent, you too will all perish.” Wait a second. What? “These tragedies are not the result of sin,” Jesus says, “Now repent or you will die too.” He just said those people died through no particular fault of their own, and now we must repent . . . or else? These statements seem to contradict. Read more →