Posted by: AJ the Irish Lass | March 5, 2013

Stuff Happens…to All

I’m basing this post on this week’s Gospel, Luke 13:1-9. It makes a really good point about an example of what I call “stinkin’ thinkin”. Misfortunes that befall people aren’t necessarily due to sin, as many think.

A common belief in many unhealthy groups is that sin is always behind any type of trouble. If someone deals with a flood, accident or illness, they mark it as God’s punishment. How often have you seen televangelists blame natural disasters on what they view as wicked behavior?

Apparently, this type of thinking was common among some people during Jesus’ earthly ministry. He points out two things that are important to remember:

  • The Galileans who were mentioned weren’t more sinful than others
  • All of us have a need to repent

These are very important lessons to keep in mind during our Lenten journey. Misfortunes happen to good and bad alike. While not all are a direct result of sin, all are part of the consequences of living in a fallen world. Thankfully, there is hope for us in Christ. He’s offered the best gift there ever was – we only need to accept it. 


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