What God's Role in Tragedy Really Is

January 5, 2015 4:18 PM

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Years ago in my little town of Heavener, Okla., (population 1,800), an old man got gangrene in his left leg and had to have it taken off. It was an awful thing. He had diabetes and after years of treatment the only thing the doctors knew to do was to cut out the dying parts of his body to save the rest.

One night not long after that, at a reception after our town-wide Thanksgiving service, a well-intentioned preacher in the community commented out loud to no one in particular, that it was surely this man's sin that caused the nasty thing to happen.

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