Sjolander Road Fellowship




Declaring the God of Unconditional Love

concern and empathy for human suffering

3/24/11

The recent events in Japan have been just another example of how human tragedy often results in a great outpouring of sympathy and support from those not directly affected. This is a perfectly natural response. Most of us have experienced pain and suffering, and we understand the mental trauma it causes. As caring human beings, many reach out to lend support to those who are suffering. It is seen as the righteous thing, the noble thing to do in such cases.

 

Given that background and experience in relation to earthly tragedies, it is more than ironic to witness the indifference which the church exhibits in relation to the immense suffering which supposedly awaits the lost? When church people and their ministers speak about the pain and suffering of Hell, I detect little of the normal sorrow and empathy which earthly pain generally elicits. Instead I often sense the attitude that the suffering of Hell will be deserved and therefore not a personal concern, since it won’t affect me. God is just exercising His sovereign will, and we Christians don’t want to get in the way of that. Temporal pain is bad and regrettable. Eternal pain is some how righteous and just. Has our warped theology so blinded us that we actually lose our humanity in the resulting fear and confusion?