I love why questions. I remember as a kid playing the “why” game with my friends. If you are unfamiliar with this “game” I will offer as simple of an explanation as I can. All you do is ask an initial “why” question and no matter the response of the other person you say “why?” again and again and again until you get tired of playing. In 4th grade it seems to be never ending happiness. It was also the best possible way to annoy your friends and especially your parents.
And this is what is great about “why” questions… They have the capability to focus our attention on the real problems and root issues if you go down the rabbit trail long enough. Someone might ask the question, “Why would God send His Son to die?” And without too many more questions in the “why” game, you might end up at what is really holding them up from believing the answer to the initial question.
And I believe that this question, “Why does God care?” is often one of those root questions. Your answer to this question can make or break your perspective on what the Bible has to say.
Think about it this way for a second if this is an easy answer for you. This is the perspective and world view that many hold. It is a perspective that leads to unending lie’s.
“You are one of 7 billion people currently living on planet earth. You could die tomorrow and the world would function almost exactly the same. We live on a planet in the midst of trillions of miles of space in our galaxy and our galaxy is one of millions of billions of other galaxies. We get about 70 years of life if we are lucky and we really have no idea how much time is on either side of our life. Maybe its billions of years, maybe its thousands. Either way, it seems this life is a drop in the ocean in comparison to the majesty of the universe. Then when we die, we have no idea what happens. There is no scientific evidence that can prove what happens after death and so it must mean that thats it. We simply cease to exist. In addition, the time we get to spend on earth is filled with more pain, hate and fear, than faith, hope and love. If there is a god who created everything, than it seems that he would be quite disinterested in something so small as a human life on planet earth. Why would a god that big and complex care? We have a hard time getting our closest friends and family members to care about us let alone the God that put all the properties of physics together.”
All of my life, I was handed the answer to this question. So much so, that I never even had to really ask it. But the more I listened to friends and neighbors that were not Christians, it became clear that I needed an answer that was more compelling than just saying, “The Bible says so.”
I know that there are many creative and truthful ways of getting across the answer and I know that it largely depends on the individual. I want to focus on two parts of scripture and truth that I believe must be included together to answer this question holistically. Read these 2 pieces of scripture together.
Look up into the heavens. Who created all the stars? He brings them out like an army, one after another, calling each by its name. Because of his great power and incomparable strength, not a single one is missing.
1 John 4:15-16
“Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.”
These two truths coexisting is the answer. God IS the Creator of the galaxies. He did put all properties of physics into place. Even the ones we don’t know about or can’t explain. Not only that, He sustains them. Things are held together by His power Isaiah says. So in part, I agree with much of the perspective of our hypothetical questioner. Creation proclaims the power of God.
But He is also love! And in order to love He has to be relational. God cannot be up in heaven all alone and be loving at the same time. His love is in combination with His power and His might and His creativity. This mean’s that God’s love is big enough. It is enough for when we feel alone. It is enough when we feel like God is far away and distant. It is big enough for when our family members and friends don’t seem to care for us. It is enough for the forgiveness of every sin ever committed.
I Corinthians 13:1-3
“If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.”
There is no convincing anyone of anything without love in it and behind it. Otherwise we are just noise. And we can all agree that there is too much noise going on in the world today. Let our lips be filled with love from our creator God.
Student Ministries Worship Director