Farewell Cinderella

I'm an emotional Dad of three girls, so I have a hard time not misting up when I hear Steven Curtis Chapman sing his new song Cinderella. The first video is the song, the second is the story behind it. I can so relate to the story behind this song. That is me, frustrated, short tempered and later full of regret.

Today, however, this song is even harder to listen to as news came that yesterday, Steven Chapman's teenage son struck and killed his 5 year old sister in the driveway of their home. This is one of the girls, Maria, that inspired this song. Imagine, you're a new driver and not only have you been involved in a fatal accident, it was your baby sister. And Dad's a famous Christian artist. And he wrote a hit song about her.

I can't imagine how hard that must be for the entire family. Can't. Imagine. My heart and prayers go out to the family.

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I don't know it it's the first thing since the accident that took his daughter's life or not, but Steven Curtis Chapman went on Larry King Live (of all places) with his family and he's written an editorial for cnn.com.... Read More

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It's things like this that made me leave the faith. God could have done any number of subtle, undetectable things to alert that teenage boy (or his parents, or the little girl herself) to the danger about to strike. But he didn't.

It is very hard (though not impossible) for me to fit this kind of event into the same brain that believes in the God of Christ. If I were SCC, I would be wondering where my God was that day. My heart also goes out to him and his son.

How are you Salguod? Long time no talk.

'doc - It's good to hear from you.

You won't be surprised to learn that I look at this differently. I don't know how God decides to let some tragedies happen and to prevent others. One thing I have learned is that God's priorities are different than ours. It feels harsh from our perspective, but from His it's not.

If the premise is that God is good, the evidence in situations like this seems to contradict that. As you said, a good all-powerful God should be able to sort this out to avoid the tragedy, but He didn't. Something doesn't add up. You reaction is to question the premise, mine is to question my interpretation of the evidence. There must be something that God can see that I cannot.

Actually, I don't at all question the premise that God is good. I just question the assumption that a good god has any interest in us as individuals. I believe he exists and is good, but that we have defined "good" in our own terms, which are rather selfish ones. I believe God is much more concerned with the overall autonomous creativity of the cosmos than with a single human being.

It's very sad but she will be in heaven. Maybe God knew she wouldn't make it later and by leaving now she might help others? I don't know. I do know God's desire is that all are save not that we're happy, have money or no sadness.

Thanks for sharing salgoud.

'doc - I'm sorry, I guess I misinterpreted your comments. Re-reading them, I see you never said that God wasn't good. I think I projected some of our conversations from years ago in there. :-D

I think you are absolutely onto something by saying that "we have defined "good" in our own terms, which are rather selfish ones".

I believe that God is concerned with both the whole of creation and with the individual human beings. For me, Jesus is the evidence of His concern for us individually as well as collectively. He died for me personally and all of us collectively because we are flawed and unable to fix ourselves. Jesus came to do what we could not.

But, we project our ideas of what that concern ought to look like. We believe that means that things here and now will work out fine. There is no evidence or promise of that at all. I believe that God's interest in us is bigger than what we can see. He desires for us to be with him and sometimes tragedy here plays into his calling us to Him forever.

I don't know how accurate it is, but it's an interpretation I can live with. :-P



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