Author: Isaiah Lewis
2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10
Reflection: v. 20, ‘be reconciled to God’
Whether I like it or not, the problem of evil is my theological center of gravity. I want to know why, if God is good, there’s so much suffering in the world. And I know that I’m not alone in asking that question. If Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection changed reality, why are we still relying on our endurance to weather hardships, sleepless nights, riots, and hunger? Shouldn’t he have fixed all of that?
I asked this question to a theologian recently, and he said that God wasn’t a plumber or electrician patching up a rickety old house. Instead, God wants to build an entirely new house with us together. I’m still working on being reconciled to this understanding of God. But I have to believe that Jesus is always already working to save us. Even, and maybe especially, in the midst of calamity, now is the time to join in the work of our collective salvation.
Prayer Reconcile us to you, O God.