“God allows what He hates to accomplish what He loves.”*
I am still trying to understand exactly what this “saying” means.
Maybe I don’t understand it because I struggle to understand the concept of God, in general.
However, I still can not understand the logic of believing that God purposefully allows things He hates, simply to later “achieve something He loves”.
If this is referring to murder, hatred and suffering, injustice and inequality, I can’t make sense of how these acts works towards something he “loves”. Are we trying to say that he permits these things to happen to lead to ultimate justice later? That since these people who commit these crimes will pay for their crimes and be punished, God is ultimately leading to something he “loves” or trying to teach us the importance of peace and equality through these acts, since we will learn from them?
Is all God wants to punish offenders and sinners, and to teach us only through our own sorrow and suffering?
I can’t believe or accept this.
What has been happening in our world can not be excused or normalize. We can not try to say that this is for a greater good later. How many times must we try to excuse these events before we try to make real, meaningful changes?
I am not such an idealist as to believe that we can create absolute, basal peace across our globe, or even our country. While we may not be able to end all travails, all bigotry and toxic hatred, but we must constantly strive towards it, unremittingly and with diligence, with inexhaustible determination. Step by step, day by day, we can persist in our efforts to spread kindness and compassion, to work towards both equality and greater ahimsa. Is there anything else that makes our lives worthwhile?
Perhaps I am a little disillusioned to believe this so resolutely, and I hardly can expect everyone to share this attitude. I also do not mean to suggest that those who do not share this belief are weak or entirely without compassion or value. I simply
Perhaps I am a little bit naïve and idealistic, in having faith that there is goodness in all humans, though it can often be buried or hidden for any number of reasons. Will this benevolence emanate at all times, or always be the primary impetus behind their actions? Again, I am not that deluded or detached from reality. Does this mean that we should simply accept that evil will always be a driving force in this world? That there will be corrupt and malicious people who will affect the fates of innocents around them?
Whether fate exists is perhaps impossible to truly determine. And in some ways, it seems as though perhaps we are better of simply believing that things do come to the conclusion they are meant to, even if we don’t completely understand it.
I have accepted that I can not control the beliefs and actions of others; that is part of being an adult. What I can’t accept is that we can do nothing to improve the world around us- improve, not perfect. Every day, it is our responsibility to propagate kindness and do what we can to make the world a more comforting, accepting place for everyone.
Attempting to justify violence, pain, and suffering is pointless. I can not believe there is every an excuse to commit these acts willingly. Certainly, accidental transgressions may happen even to the most well- intentioned individuals.
This past year has been bewildering, overwhelming, and disheartening in so many ways. We have ben forced to question our values, our understanding of our country, and witnessed events which seem almost out of a dystopian future rather than real life. Besides the countless acts of violence and hatred, from white supremacists to even members of our government, these moments have left me speechless and desperate for some kind of explanation, some kind of reason, and searching for some kind of signal of hope, however distant or dim it might appear now. Finding a way to remain determined and sanguine is something that required energy daily, and is utterly exhausting over time. America has constantly faced immense challenge, just like so many other countries across the globe. Can I compare out struggles to those who survived the Great Depression and the World Wars? That would be highly unfair to their suffering and sacrifices, while I enjoy an abundance of comforts with little struggle. Yes, I have worked very hard for all I have, and yes, there are many obstacles that my generation faces. Yet they are of a different nature, in some ways. Our struggles relate to combating violence and threats to freedom within our own country, but also to the future of our planet and creating a world that is sustainable for generations to come. Our challenges relate to progressing towards a world that has not only equality but also a strong understanding of the basic needs of each and every human, and making sure those needs are met.
What frightens me most is the threats to individual growth, personal freedoms for each and every individual regardless or race, gender, or sexuality, and protecting the voices of average citizens. I am terrified that the power currently concentrated in the hands of the few will lead only to greater and greater inequality, and more danger with threats of war and individuals with deadly weapons carried freely because some politicians refuse to acknowledge the issue based on campaign contributions.
Our country has grown and progressed, in some ways, but there is still so much work still to be done. We are at a point where we must decide how we want to progress- do we retreat from true advancement due to illogical fears, or do we plunge forward into a future that may provide all citizens with freedom, comfort, and security?
This is going to take perseverance and courage. Years ago, a youthful President Kennedy declared to our nation that we needed to strive for progress “not because they are easy, but because they are hard”. No task worthwhile is ever simple, accomplished without overcoming many obstacles.
An argument is often made that our country was founded on Christian morals and beliefs. The validity of this statement is not necessarily what I want to question. The challenges we currently face are not ones that directly attack religious beliefs, not truly. One can argue that abortion is a religious issue, that sexuality is a religious issue, but our basic rights include freedom of religion which means, to me, that no single religion may have precedence over another. To me, freedom of religion means that no laws may restrict individual freedoms based on beliefs grounded in religious doctrine.
Yes, I am concerned about the direction of our country; some law makers are working as hard as they can to restrict medical care to the citizens who need it most, working to allow corporations to have greater authority and to profit more, working to prevent women from having access to the care they need, from individuals with non- heterosexual identities from being targeted, and working to create or maintain injurious and heedless laws that allow individuals to take the lives of others with minimal, if any, prohibitions.
The murders and mass murders that have been occurring are not because “God” allowed them- we have allowed them. Women are losing their rights, and citizens all over the country will be at risk because they will not have access to the care and medicines they need, not because “God” has allowed it, but because we have.
We have to take responsibility and begin to make changes. Only we have the ability to prevent more lives from being lost needlessly, only we have the ability to preserve our freedoms and create greater equality for all genders, races, and sexualities. We can and will do better.
If what has been happening recently is what “God” has allowed so he can later “accomplish what He loves”, then I challenge Him to find another way.
*This was written on the sign at a local church near my house, which I pass many days of the week.