I remember hearing about an old comic strip back in the days of St. Ed’s. Two guys are talking to each other, and one of them says he has a question for God. He wants to ask why God allows all of this poverty and war and suffering to exist in the world. And his friend says, “Well, why don’t you ask?” The fellow shakes his head and says he is scared. When his friend asks why, he mutters, “I’m scared God will ask me the same question.” Over and over, when I ask God why all of these injustices are allowed to exist in the world, I can feel the Spirit whisper to me, “You tell me why we allow this to happen. You are my body, my hands, my feet.”
[ The Irresistible Revolution – Shane Claiborne ]
At CU yesterday we were thinking about the issue of pain and suffering, why it exists, what we do with it etc. Then I read this today. This is why we must act. We are called to not only pray against injustice and suffering, but to act to bring about its end. In a wise mans words, ‘It’s not about charity, it’s about justice.’ (Yes, that man was Bono.)
It’s about bringing heaven here.