Quote of Note #104: God’s Response to Disasters

Dutch Fork Lake in the fog; photo by GAC

“After all, so often when people look out on the world and its disasters they wonder why God doesn’t just march in and take over. Why, they ask, does he permit it? Why doesn’t he send a thunderbolt (or perhaps something a little less like what a pagan deity might do, but still) and put things right? The answer is that God does send thunderbolts–human ones. He sends in the poor in Spirit, the meek, the mourners, the peacemakers, the hungry-for-justice people. They are the way God’s wants to act in the world.”

N. T. Wright, God and the Pandemic: A Christian Reflection on the Coronavirus and Its Aftermath. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2020, page 34.


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