In the wake of the Boston bombings and the smattering of other tragedies in the world, all I can think is that God kind of sucks… Not because He allows this to happen. No, there’s another reason entirely. He sucks because He’s calling me to forgive all of these people that have murdered masses of people. Really? I have to forgive the person/people who mauled over 200 people? I have to forgive the evil person who shot up a kindergarten? I have to forgive the guy who stabbed my friend to death? I have to forgive all of these people who have done all of these things? Why? Two reasons: Love and imperfection.
We have to forgive because we are forgiven. We have to love because we are loved. We have to forgive because we are forgiven because we are loved… In Colossians 3:13, it says “Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. (NLT)” In other translations, it says to forgive ask quickly and completely as He forgave us.
“But, that douchebag just cut out in front of me and ruined my brand new car!”
Doesn’t matter. You have to forgive him completely because God has forgiven you for some pretty bad stuff. Sucks, doesn’t it? I have to forgive Adam Lanza because I’ve screwed up a lot, too.
“Wait a minute! He killed people, that’s much worse than anything I’ve done.”
We must also forgive because we are also imperfect. Even though the things that you’ve done may not be as bad as killing someone, the punishment of all unforgiven sin, regardless of severity, is the same.
Romans 3:23 (ESV) “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”
There you have it. We all messed up. This imperfection that we all share is a connection that we share. It’s one of the few things that everyone in the world has in common. It’s kind of like the DNA that we all share as God’s family on Earth. It’s what makes us brothers and sisters. Now, luckily, as I said earlier, we have been forgiven, so we don’t have to suffer the consequences of our sin. But, it’s our imperfection that gives us no room to NOT forgive people on top of our being forgiven. If someone were perfect, one could argue that they wouldn’t have to forgive anyone of anything because they’ve done nothing wrong. But, a perfect person would forgive regardless because that’s the good thing to do.
Yeah, so God sucks. Not really. We suck, actually. We perceive God as awful because we’re awful. It sucks to forgive people because we’re bad people who like to hold grudges and blackmail each other. So, when God calls us to forgive, we think that He sucks for asking us to do something that seems unfair. But, it’s totally fair. If God can forgive me for the stupid things I’ve done, I should be able to do the same for others. So, no, God doesn’t suck. God is good. And He forgives, so forgiveness is good. It’s us who are messed up and have trouble doing the good things that God wants us to do.