February 14, 2016

Keeping faith, in the face of every parent's worst nightmare

Clint HumfreyRebel Blogger

Parents have a hard time letting go.

The first day of school. The first sleepover. The first time handing over the car keys. Every parent fears what could happen to their precious children.

But they let them go.

And sometimes they don’t come back.

For the Calgary family who lost their twin sons after a bobsled thrill ride gone wrong, they are living out every parent’s nightmare. Consolation cannot satisfy the sorrow. Empathy can only be inadequate at best. Lamentation expresses, but cannot remove the sadness.

The Calgary family is well known in the Christian community. Some observers -- atheists and agnostics, yes, but even some Christians -- might ask:

If God is so good, why does He allow do such sad accidents to happen to those who believe?

But faith is not a magic potion that makes a person immune from calamity. A lesser example of this was when the 2013 flood hit the town of High River, my basement filled with water in the same way as my Muslim neighbour. My faith didn’t save me from difficulty. Nor did his.

As funerals take place and people reflect with tears, thoughts tend to turn philosophical. If God is God, how can such tragedy take place? The textbooks call it the problem of theodicy. But when parents lose their children, nobody wants a textbook answer.

Every parent has fears for their children. But from a Christian worldview, faith is more powerful than fear. And that faith is not conditioned on God keeping them from tragedy in this life. That makes God into nothing more than a genie in a bottle.

Christians believe that this life is not all there is. So faith in life beyond death gives people -- even parents of teenagers -- the strength to free their children.

Those Christian parents live with the hope of seeing their children again, even if they don’t come home one night from the ski trip or the trip to 7-11.

As the Caldwell family wrestles with the questions of why and the need to face each tomorrow without their sons, their worst fears have come to pass.

But their faith in a future reunion can offer joy in the midst of sorrow.

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commented 2016-02-16 02:40:24 -0500
The principle of proportionality does not apply when you do something to yourself. But if you insist, then it is the owners of the facility that suffers disproportionately. The owners did nothing wrong, and had to be the victim of a crime and get blamed for it by the media.

Isn’t the rebel supposed to be conservative? What is with this hug a thug mentality here?

Look on the bright side. These two criminals probably would have grown up to be hardened deviants. They would have committed plenty more crimes and costed us lots of money from damages, court time, and incarceration. Looks like things worked out for the better. Maybe there is a god after all.
commented 2016-02-15 18:40:41 -0500
Sam, religion is no longer the opiate of the masses. Entertainment is. And yes, a break-in on private property is wrong. But in the midst of all the anti-religious angst that you project, what about the general principle of proportionality? If the boys had been caught, would they have paid with their lives?
It is certainly NOT the fault of the Olympic Park, I’ll grant you. But this is still a very sad story, and a very tragic loss.
commented 2016-02-15 02:33:59 -0500
Religion is the opiate of the masses.

If you are a criminal who breaks in to a bobsled facility in the middle of the night, then you deserve all the consequences of your actions.

Where is the rebel to give a contrarian opinion on this? The mainstream media basically blamed the bobsled management for having inadequate security. Should the rebel not be calling out the criminal activities of the boys?

Imagine if somebody stole your car, died in a joyride, and you get blamed for it.
commented 2016-02-14 16:48:49 -0500
God has his purpose. If we didn’t know tragedy we wouldn’t know compassion. In a fallen world, nothing will be perfect this side of heaven.
commented 2016-02-14 11:48:55 -0500
Once upon a time a God fearing was caught up in a flood with his family. They climbed up to the roof and prayed together, that God would come and help them. Less then an hour later, some neighbors came by on a boat and say “get on”. The man and his family shake their heads and say God will save us, he will provide for us and take us from this. The neighbors of course, look sceptical but they go on their way.
The water began to rise and the children were frightened. Two hours later, Search and Rescue comes along. “Get on the boat” they say, but the man and his family shook their heads and said God WILL save us, he will provide for us and protect us and take us from this. They day the same to the helicopter another hour later.
The flood took that poor family into its watery arms and they were never seen again.
At the pearly gates, the man scowled at St. Peter and yells “We believed! We trusted! And he had forsaken us, my whole family dead!” St. Peter stared at this man and his family in utter disbelief. “Having faith in God, means having faith in man, for man os created in his image. Thou hast forsaken him!” “We prayed and we believed and we trusted, and now look at us”
St Peter shakes his head, " Did you trust enough when the father sent your neighbor? Their boat was not big enough but they still found room.
Did you trust in the God give bravery and morality given to the search and rescue to risk their lives to come for you? Our father gave man free will, so some can become pilots. And in a last attempt to save you, he sends a helicopter full of courageous people and you turned their help away. Now I ask you, Who hast forsaken who?"