Notes from Andy Stanley’s talk “In-justice For All”, part 5 (of 6) from the Who Needs God? series.
We all want to rid the world of injustice. But we can only recognize injustice if we know what justice is to begin with. But maybe the best way to rid the world of injustice is to rid the world of God. We don’t always agree about what is just. So, who gets to define justice if not God? When God is gone, injustice leaves with him because justice leaves with him.
The problem of pain, suffering, and injustice in the world is the biggest problem in faith today.
Why doesn’t God stop suffering and injustice in the world?
The thinking is usually something like this:
If he’s good, he would.
If he could, he would.
So he either lacks good or lacks could.
Or there is no God.
Andy challenged us to proceed with caution when commandeering other peoples pain for building a case for the existence of God.
Extraordinary suffering often leads to extraordinary confidence in God.
If science is the reason you walked away from God, I recommend you read this book:
The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief, by Francis S Collins
There is no rational argument against the existence or involvement of the God of Jesus based on injustice in the world.
Christians have never made an argument for God’s existence based on a world where bad things never happen to good people.
Injustice in the world calls into question the justice of God, not the existence of God.
The justice-and-dignity-for-all version of God was introduced by Jesus.
God is love.
There is no justice without judgement.
When we reject God because of injustice, we don’t solve injustice we lose the definition.
If you don’t want a God who embraces judgment, you don’t want justice.
This is usually how we approach things: “I want justice for you, I want mercy for me.”
“For I did not come to judge the world, but to save the world.”
If you genuinely care about injustice, you should want Christianity to be true.
If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world.
C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity
If anyone had a reason to stop believing in God because of injustice, it was Jesus. The man who stands at the center of all we believe was treated extraordinarily unfairly. The man who taught us all people have inherent value was executed. The man whose definition of good and just informs your definitions of good and just was treated unjustly. Evil and injustice are not arguments against the existence of God. They are evidence of our need for his mercy and grace.