God is in control. It’s something I hear often, particularly when things are going wrong. You lost your job? That really sucks, but it’s ok, because God is in control. Your spouse was critically injured in a car accident? Don’t worry–God is in control. You had a miscarriage? I know it’s hard, but God knows what He’s doing. He is in control.
I really started thinking about this right after the election. I’m Facebook friends with a lot of people that firmly believed it was God’s will for Romney to win. The day after he lost, my news feed overflowed with verses and platitudes about God being in control. People were expressing their disappointment that Romney had lost, then consoling themselves with the fact that God is in control and His way is best.
My question is, why does it matter that God is in control? How does that make anything better? If you firmly believe that God’s will was for Romney to win, then why does God being in control somehow make it ok that he lost? I’m not saying anything about who should have won; I’m simply asking why people that believe God wants one thing to happen say that His being in control means everything is alright when the opposite happens.
Every day people are raped, abused, sold into slavery, murdered, and starved. Most would agree that these are all great evils. From what I know of the Bible, I would say that they certainly are not God’s will. Yet, they happen under His watch. Does that make these things ok? Of course not! No one would tell a child that was kidnapped and forced to be a soldier that what happened to him was ok. Why, then, do people insist that the smaller evils around them are not as bad as they seem since God is watching over us and has everything under control?
In the interests of constructive discussion, let me be clear about a few things. I am not looking for a political conversation. I also am not questioning whether the Bible indicates that God is in control. What I don’t understand is how God’s control should make us feel better about the evil things that happen. Just because He lets them happen, doesn’t make those things any less evil. So why do people console themselves with the fact that He is in control and that He allowed the things to happen?