Suing God

NEBRASKA STATE SENATOR Ernie Chambers sued God last week. According to an AP report:


“Chambers says in his lawsuit that God has made terroristic threats against the senator and his constituents, inspired fear and caused ‘widespread death, destruction and terrorization of millions upon millions of the Earth’s inhabitants.’


“The Omaha senator, who skips morning prayers during the legislative session and often criticizes Christians, also says God has caused ‘fearsome floods … horrendous hurricanes, terrifying tornadoes.’


“He’s seeking a permanent injunction against the Almighty.”


It’s true that it’s not always easy to sort things out in this great battle between good and evil—between God and Satan. And sometimes I think Christians do offer simplistic answers to questions that may not be fully answerable until we’re all on the other side.


Still, it’s also simplistic to ignore that there ARE two sides in this war of all wars—and to reflexively and unfairly assume that the blame for all evil belongs on God’s doorstep.


We each have to reach our own conclusions, of course. But for me, it makes sense that the devil is quite happy to go around setting fires and then accusing God of arson. From the beginning, he’s poured plenty of energy into painting God as the villain. For what he himself causes, Satan consistently gives God the blame.


But then, Ernie isn’t saying anything insurance companies haven’t already said, when they call the acts of Satan “Acts of God.”


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