And don’t spout any nonsense about evil balancing out the good. Evil balances nothing. It keeps everything off balance.
That’s why God hates it.
“Everything happens for a reason” is more pagan than Christian. It’s more about Karma than Christ.
Evil is not supposed to happen. It does. Obviously. But it shouldn’t.
In order to make sense of things, we’re tempted to offer easy answers. But when people are in pain, we need to resist the urge. Uncomfortable silence is better than false platitudes.
“I don’t know why this happened, but I’m crying with you” is a far better answer to someone who has lost a loved one than hackneyed tripe like “God must have wanted another angel.”
If you don’t know what to say, don’t say anything at all.
What to Do Instead of Talking
The biblical response to those in pain is simple, but profound.
Cry with those who cry.
So, to the families, friends and loved ones of those affected by this unspeakable evil.
There is no way for us to know what you’re going through. So we won’t pretend we do.
But we are crying with you.
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