One question that consistently comes up in conversations I have with people is why does God allow suffering.
It’s one thing when that question is coming from the realm of ideas. It is a much deeper thing when someone asks that question out of the place of personal experience: unemployment issues, the loss of a child, mental illness, or a battle with cancer.
Matt Chandler is a 35-year-old pastor who was recently diagnosed with aggressive brain cancer. There is an excellent AP article about Chandler that I’d encourage you to read. Here’s an excerpt that I found moving:
Chandler says learning he had brain cancer was “kind of like getting punched in the gut. You take the shot, you try not to vomit, then you get back to doing what you do, believing what you believe.
“We never felt – still have not felt – betrayed by the Lord or abandoned by the Lord. I can honestly say, we haven’t asked the question, ‘Why?’ or wondered, ‘Why me, why not somebody else?’ We just haven’t gotten to that place. I’m not saying we won’t get there. I’m just saying it hasn’t happened yet.”
You can find out more about Matt by viewing his own comments on cancer here at The Village Church’s web-site.