Tuesday, April 21, 2020

"God Did Not Do This"

Bulletin Column for April 26, 2020

            You may have caught some of the news conferences from Governor Andrew Cuomo, who serves in our next-door-neighbor state of New York. Recently he made a comment about the better-than-expected results from the quarantine, and here are his exact words: “God did not do that. Faith did not do that. Destiny did not do that. A lot of pain and suffering did that . . . That’s how it works. It’s math.”
            My friends, this is one of the greatest errors in the world today – the belief that science and God are somehow mutually opposed. If I pray for someone to get better but they also take medicine and recover, who can we attribute that recovery to? God, or medicine? The answer: both.
            Everything – literally everything – that we have is a gift from God. The insights of science, the power of medicine, the good decisions of government leaders – all of this comes as a free grace from God. Yes, we cooperate with that grace when doctors use their knowledge to heal, or when scientists develop a new medication. But without God we are not even granted another breath. All of our talents, gifts, money, health, community – all is a gift from God, and we are stewards – not owners - of these gifts.
            Our modern world often tries to “control” everything, from birth to death – but life isn’t about control but cooperation with God, His plan, and His grace.
            All of us – including Mr. Cuomo - would do well to remember that.

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