Good God, Lousy World
September 9th, 2010
As you may know, I’m an NPR junkie. My morning simply isn’t complete without listening to Morning Edition and I have a secret crush on Steve Inskeep even though I have no idea what he looks like. However, a daily dose of of NPR can really start to wear on your psyche if you’re not careful. Each day you’re hit with a barrage of bad news and ugliness: mass rapes in Africa, financial scandals, natural disasters, and on and on.
For a theologically-minded person, this type of negative deluge can also start to undermine your vision of God. Where the heck is our theoretically-loving-Creator in the midst of this mess?
I was feeling a bit overwhelmed and theologically petulant the other day as I drove to work listening to how the world was going to hell in a hand basket, when a phrase popped into my head: Good God, Lousy World.
Now, I cannot begin to take credit for this wonderful phrasing. It just happens to be the title of my aunt’s blog. My mother’s sister is a long-time champion of human rights and currently works for the phenomenal International Justice Mission. And let me tell you, she’s seen some awful stuff. Stuff that could make an atheist out of the best of us.
And yet, behold the title of her newly created blog: A good God in a lousy world.
That’s pretty deep by itself, even if you never read another word she writes. But I encourage you to head over for a read. My aunt has a fabulous “voice” (which I shamelessly seek to emulate) and her writing is a terrific mix of light-hearted humor about The World and serious theological reflection.
My women’s small group is embarking on reading Good News About Injustice, written by IJM Director Gary Haugen. His view mirrors my aunt’s: the world kinda sucks but that’s why God put faithful people in it to be champions of justice. It’s a book that really makes you think and I’m sure I’ll be reflecting on my reading in weeks to come.