We attend worship regularly, we give generously of our means to support the good works of the church, we live godly lives and do good unto all men, yet bad things happen to us. Why, we may ask, are Christians living good lives and doing good in the name of the Father, having bad things happen to them? As always, let us look to the bible, as we can only know as much as God’s word tells us, for we are forbidden to add to or take from His Holy Word (Rev. 22:18-19). Anything beyond this is simply human conjecture and therefor meaningless.

Jesus came to this earth to shed his innocent blood and die on the cross, that we may be cleansed of our sins, keep His commandments, and have a home with Him when this brief life on earth is over. He did not promise us a trouble free life, for He knew we would face many hardships while following Him. He did promise to be with us and help us through this troubled life (Matt. 28:20).
This world is not a safe place and bad things happen, that is simply the nature of life on earth. We read in Luke 13:3-5, when the Galileans were killed by Pilot and the eighteen were killed when the tower of Siloam fell on them, the people asked Jesus if this was because those killed were worse sinners and culprits above all men? Jesus answered them simply, “No, but unless ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish” Bad things happen, sometimes not for any reason, bad things just happen.
The apostle Paul, though instructed by the Lord to take His gospel to the people, would suffer many hardships while he was diligently following the instructions of the Lord. He was beaten many times, thrown in jail, suffered three shipwrecks, was stoned, and left for dead. He suffered hunger and thirst, cold and nakedness, but not for anything he was doing wrong, moreover, it was because he was doing what was right (II Cor. 11:25-27). Are we better than Paul to suffer hardships in this life?
We live in the same world that Paul did. Just turn on your television, or go online and you will find all the horrible news that occur each day in this old world. It ranges from terrorism in the name of a so-called god, to murders, accidents, child abductions, fires, floods, hurricanes, and on and on the list goes. As long as we are on this planet, danger and evil will be present. Like Paul, we may get our fill of the danger and evil that assaults us, but we cannot rid ourselves of it. As John says, “the whole world lies in the power of the evil one” (I John 5:19).
Like Paul, we must continue to do good, in this dangerous, hate filled world, even when our good works comes back to bite us, as sometime happens. Every chance we have, let us do good, trusting the Lord will be with us, and that He will righteously sort out the results of our actions.
We invite all who would, to come together with us each Sunday morning at Kedron Church of Christ on the Coopertown Road, Russellville, Kentucky, to worship God in spirit and in truth. We neither add to God’s word or take from it. Bible study at 10:00 and Worship at 11:00.

Brother Richard Sitz speaks on the first Sunday of each month, Crittenden Drive Church of Christ has graciously supplied us with a host of guest speakers for the remaining weeks of the month, and Prentice White is our song leader. We invite one and all to come worship with us and be uplifted by these fine presentations of the “Good News” of God’s Holy Word.