Why doesn’t God take care of all the bad things in the world?

Why doesn’t He wipe the evil people out?

How can a good God allow all these horrible things to occur?

Sound familiar? Honest questions people struggle with, including myself. If God is such a Lover and loves His people so much how can He allow His beloved to go through incredibly horrific events? Why not just deal with the sin and remove all the bad people?

Let’s look at how God dealt with sin when He removed all the bad people shall we. Genesis 6:5-8

The Lord saw how great the wickedness of the human race had become on the earth, and that every inclination of the thoughts of the human heart was only evil all the time.  The Lord regretted that he had made human beings on the earth, and his heart was deeply troubled.  So the Lord said, “I will wipe from the face of the earth the human race I have created—and with them the animals, the birds and the creatures that move along the ground—for I regret that I have made them.”  But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord.

If you want God to wipe out sin and sinners look at the flood of Noah. That’s exactly what He did. A cataclysmic event in which He wiped out all who did evil, sparing only one man and his family. Unfortunately, after the flood that one good man proved sin still reigned even after the flood by immediately planting a vineyard and getting drunk. Removing almost everyone on earth didn’t stop the reign of sin.

To deal a harsh blow to sin, God would have to kill off everyone on earth.

“Oh, but I don’t want God to wipe out everyone just the really bad people!” Hmmmm, really bad by who’s definition, your’s or God’s? Regrettably, I have yet to find that one passage in the Bible that says which sins are better to commit than other sins. So I have no clue which sins make you a better sinner and which sins make you a worse one.

God will judge sin. He already began the judgment with Jesus on the Cross. Sin lost and death was trampled to the ground. It just doesn’t know it yet, but that’s ok. One day everyone will know who’s really in control, and it isn’t mankind. One day God will come back down and in righteousness and faithfulness towards His covenant and towards His people He will judge all who do sin and all who are evil and they will be cast away for ever. Then the righteous, all those in covenant with God, will be vindicated and the earth will rejoice.

Until that day, God is being merciful with humanity. In His mercy He is allowing people chance after chance to repent, seek His face and enter into Covenant with Him. He’s giving the losing team a chance to change sides. And yes that does mean horrible things happen and people, including His own, do suffer. But that’s the price God’s willing to pay to allow more people to come into relationship with Himself.

The next time you moan that God isn’t taking care of evil, just remember Noah and the flood. He’d probably have to wipe us out too 😉