Touché February 23, 2018
Posted on February 23, 2018 by under Touché,


The Beauty and Brutality


“Why then do you tolerate the treacherous?  Why are you silent while the wicked swallow up those more righteous than themselves?”  (Habakkuk 1:13)


Last Sunday I stood and baptized my grandson, William Carleton, at Hilary and Tyler’s church in San Diego.  It was a beautiful moment when I was able to speak the promises of God’s covenant extended to the next generation.  We sang a song that spoke of every promise in Jesus being “yes” and Good Good Father by Chris Tomlin.  It was a beautiful moment celebrating God’s goodness and faithfulness.

The headlines of the newspapers that day shared the brutality of a moment in Florida that happened on Ash Wednesday, as earthly life for 17 people ended in tragedy.  It seems that we are hardly even shocked by another shooting. We lift up prayers again and ask the question to a good, good Father – Why?

We live in the tension between the beauty and brutality of the world God created. As people of faith, we join Habakkuk in asking the deep questions of how this world holds together.  This Sunday we ask the question of why?  It is a question that is asked by each of us in some way and some time.  A Gallup poll asked: “If you could ask God one question and know that you would receive an answer, what would you ask?”  The number one response by far was: “Why is there pain and suffering in the world?”  C.S. Lewis writes, “The problem of suffering is atheism’s greatest weapon against the Christian faith.”

The prophet Habakkuk looked at the world and asked the question in about 605 B.C.  He raises his hands to heaven and speaks what all of us would like to say.  Henry Mikhail, ordained as an elder two weeks ago, will share his perspective on the question from his journey.  Habakkuk and Henry will help us this week, as we all seek to make sense of a world of beauty and brutality.

I’ve included some pictures here that I hope help you see some of the beauty.

In Christ,