Reaching for the Invisible God: What Can We Expect to Find?

Yancey, Philip

Zondervan, 2000

pp. 56-57

God gets blamed for a lot of things human beings do. When Princess Diana died, Philip was asked by a TV producer: “Can you appear on our show? We want you to explain how God could possibly allow such a terrible accident.” Philip: “Could it have had something to do with a drunk driver going ninety miles an hour in a narrow tunnel? How, exactly, was God involved?” Others: “Ray ‘Boom-Boom’ Mancini, who had just killed a Korean opponent with a hard right. At a press conference . . . Mancini said, ‘Sometimes I wonder why God does the things he does.’ In a letter to Dr. James Dobson, a young woman asked this anguished question: “Four years ago, I was dating a man and became pregnant. I was devastated! I asked God, ‘Why have you allowed this to happen to me? ‘ Susan Smith, the SC mother who pushed her two sons into a lake to drown, then blamed a phantom car jacker for the deed, wrote in her official confession:”‘I dropped to the lowest point when I allowed my children to go down that ramp into the water without me. I took off running and screaming, Oh God! Oh God! no! What have I done? Why did you let this happen?