That is a valid question, especially from those who have seen their businesses burned, their police stoned, and the life of their community brought to a halt. Thousands of normally passive people, out of work because of the pandemic and with too much time on their hands, have taken to the streets and threatened the stability of our great nation.
Men and women, coming out of the 60s and 70s with little personal knowledge of God, are now in charge of America’s business, government, and our educational system. God is no longer a part of our national life. We have ignored Him; we have rejected the principles outlined in His Word.
The result has been a level of hatred and anger and disrespect for their fellow human beings not seen in America since the days of the Korean war. Who would have thought the day would come in America when, as happened on June 2, a retired police captain like David Dorn would be shot and left dying on a St. Louis sidewalk, ignored by several people as they raided the store he had come to protect.
Those whose lives mob action has destroyed during these days of turmoil have every right to ask, “If there is a God, where was He when I needed Him?” It’s tough to believe in a God Who seems to have gone AWOL.
But despite our national unrest, despite the lives of thousands disrupted by the coronavirus, we have every reason to believe there is a God Who loves us and wants us to enjoy the best life has to offer. Proof of that lies in the fact that He sent His only Son to earth to die as a sacrifice for our sin.
Belief, however, is a matter of choice. Jesus healed the blind, raised the dead, and walked on water. And still many refused to believe in Him then, as many refuse to believe in Him now. The problem isn’t lack of evidence; it is that people refuse to accept the evidence God has given us.
The writer of the New Testament book of Hebrews notes that “God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets … in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son … the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being.”
Jesus is the best evidence we have of God’s existence. Reject Him, reject the resurrection that verified His message, and Christianity is without substance. If there was no resurrection, then Jesus was a fraud; that leaves us with no Savior, no heaven, no hell, and no life after death. You are free to live as you please.
But not to worry. Jesus for a fact arose from the dead. He was who He claimed to be; He is God’s evidence, proof not only of God’s existence but also of His commitment to our well-being.
God wants to revolutionize your life. He wants to forgive every sin, to cleanse every memory, and to heal every hurt. He wants to help you become the person He created you to be, to make this the most liberating day of your life.
This can be the day you turn things around, the day you find lasting peace of mind. You will find it in Jesus Christ, and He is just a prayer away.