Why do bad things happen to supposedly good people? Jesus addressed this when he mentioned the people that were killed when the tower of Siloam collapsed on them, and said they were not worse than others living in Jerusalem. His point was a warning to the people to repent. Another time, when someone called Him ‘good teacher,’ He replied, “Who are you calling good? No one is good except God alone.” (Luke 18:19)
The Lord is good, His mercies endure forever, and yet He allows evil in this world and bad things to happen. How do we react and how does He get glory out of these things?
Many people look at the book of Job, one of the oldest books in the Bible, and can’t imagine going through a fraction of the pain he endured and yet, he still remained faithful to the Lord and never stopped trusting Him. Job was called a righteous man and yet, God allowed unimaginable trials in his life as well as friends who ended up giving him awful counsel.
We all go through hard times in life, some much more difficult than others, but Christians all have the same choice: trust God regardless of the circumstances or turn away from Him in anger or disappointment. Where hard times are concerned, what are our expectations of this life and of God and are they based on Scripture and justified or are our expectations selfish and focused on this temporary life? No matter what happens, we must remember He if faithful, His word is truth, and God alone is sovereign over all people and events.
Now there were some present at that time who told Jesus about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mixed with their sacrifices. 2 Jesus answered, “Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans because they suffered this way? 3 I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish. 4 Or those eighteen who died when the tower in Siloam fell on them—do you think they were more guilty than all the others living in Jerusalem? 5 I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish.” Luke 13:1-5
Pastor Mike Abendroth is back with us today and after we discuss the spiritual principles from God’s Word on how to keep the faith during times of trial, he has a personal testimony to share about a challenge he is going through right now. You are not going to want to miss this message of hope and Mike’s biblical perspective.
In our Media Watch segment, we tackle one of the most common types of liberal media bias: Story Selection. We see it on a daily basis. Bias by story selection occurs when we see a pattern of highlighting news stories that coincide with the agenda of the left while ignoring stories that coincide with conservative social issues and concerns.
Question: how does the media report on a president and his policies when there is a Democrat in the White House compared to when there is a Republican president?
Also, a few examples of bias by story selection include:
- the awful one-sided reporting on Obamacare, aka the Affordable Care Act – the lies, the passage of the bill, its implementation, and the negative effects on millions of Americans.
- the selective reporting on wars and military casualties. (see story below)
- the failure of the media to inform the public about the Project Veritas videos exposing corruption and scandal at Plannned Parenthood. Since they receive taxpayer funding, shouldn’t we be told about how they operate?
- the overkill of biased reporting (story selection) on alleged Russian hacking of the presidential election while virtually ignoring things such as WikiLeaks emails, the Clinton Foundation, Muslim Brotherhood in the Obama administration, Benghazi, Obama’s executive orders, etc.
Project Veritas Videos Ignored – Wisconsin Media Check
‘Bunch of lefties’ run up $22M tab – but where’s the media (Dakota Access Pipeline)
As mentioned on today’s program, ‘Reformation 500’ trip to Germany and Switzerland with Pastor Mike Abendroth of No Compromise Radio, May 20-30 2017: Reformation Tour 2017 | Germany & Switzerland Tour of Reformation Sites