It may be hard to believe that God is good during a time of natural disaster, but it becomes easier when we recognize just how depraved human beings can be. Seeing the kind of evil that humanity is capable of, we know that something has gone tragically wrong with the whole world, including creation. That?s what we mean by the Fall: It is very real, despite secular society?s desire to ignore it or to excuse it away. But then when we look at God?s work of redemption and mercy, it helps us understand that God looks lovingly upon us despite our own natures and that, by His grace, He understands more about goodness than we ever will.
For further reading and information:
In Freeing God?s Children, Allen Hertzke provides a detailed account of the nature and impact of the human rights movement, which arises out of the nexus of global religious developments, American church involvement, and national politics.
Jaci Schneider, ?Tsunami tragedy won?t end when we forget,? Optimist (Abilene Christian University), 14 January 2005.
?Traffickers threaten Aceh orphans,? CNN, 10 January 2005.
Cihan News Agency, ?UNICEF: Child Traffickers on the Job in South Asia,? Zaman Online, 10 January 2005.
?Tsunami survivors now fear rape,? Irish Examiner, 5 January 2005.
Jonathan Wald, ?U.N. accuses force of sex abuse,? CNN, 8 January 2005.
BreakPoint Commentary No. 050113, ??Acts of God? and the Acts of Man: Turning Away.?
BreakPoint Commentary No. 050106, ?Aceh and the Abyss: The Fog of Despair.?
BreakPoint Commentary No. 030425, ?Can we be good without God?: Why Godless Morality Always Fails.?
T. M. Moore, ?The Ruin of Our Sin,? BreakPoint Online, 11 January 2005.
John Piper, ?Tsunami and Repentance,? Desiring God, 5 January 2005.