Text: John 6:1-21
How do you make sense of the world when the world is filled with so much senselessness? I have thought of this question as I have tried to take in some of the top news stories of this year, especially as of late. You know the stories. A 24-year-old Ph.D. student in neuroscience walks into a crowded movie theater in Aurora, Colorado and opens fire killing 12 and wounding dozens more. The reason? No one knows. And we will probably never know what caused James Holmes to act out such rage and violence on others. Is there any way to make sense out of such senseless violence? Or the news of a senior church official of one of the largest Christian denominations in the world who covered up sexual abuses by priests under his supervision – endangering hundreds, if not thousands, of children over several decades. And we know that he is not alone. How does one make sense of such senseless abuse of power and privilege? Then there are those church officials within our own brand of Christians, the Baptists, calling for society to round up all the gay people and put them behind electric fences and keep them there until they die – all in the name of religion and Christian belief. Not to mention the news this week in which the CEO and president of one of our nation’s largest restaurants, a self-described devoted Christian, proclaimed that legalizing gay marriage will bring down the wrath of God on our nation – again, all in the name of his Christian beliefs. How do you begin to make sense out of that kind of thinking? Or the unfolding news of athletic and university officials at a highly respected university covering up a decades-long scandal of sexual abuse so as not to damage the image of a football team and its coach. You really can’t make sense out of such actions. Hunger. War. Gun violence. Child abuse. Elderly abuse. Environmental abuse. And maybe above all, a pervasive greed that, at least in my mind, creates violence, abuse, hunger and war. How do we make sense of the world when the world is filled with so much senselessness?