Choosing Charity

One of the most common reasons I’ve heard from people who lack faith in God is the amount of evil there is in the world.  Why would a God who loves his children allow such tragedy to happen to them?  Life is a test.  What happens to us is a result of our decisions, and the decisions of others.  If God stopped us every time we were about to make a bad decision we would never learn from our mistakes.  If nothing tragic ever happened to us or anyone we knew, we would never have the opportunity to feel compassion, to reach out and to be charitable.

Alissa Parker, the mother of Sandy Hook victim Emile Parker understood this principle.  After her daughter’s death, she was consumed with the pain of the loss of her child.  However, as others reached out to help the family, Alissa felt a change of heart.  She felt the goodness, the selflessness of her lost daughter in the charitable acts of these people she barely knew (having just moved to the area recently before the accident).  I’ve seen this charity, this love, in my own life.  In the chaos surrounding natural disasters and other tragedies, I have witnessed people rally to help others.  The small arguments between people are forgotten as they gather to do good.  Disasters such as these, as horrific as they are, allow us to humble ourselves and reach out in love to one another, as Christ reached out to those in need in his time on Earth.

God could have stopped the Sandy Hook Gunman, but that would not have allowed him to choose.  This agency is central to the Creator’s plan of happiness for us.  It is what allows us to make our own decisions, right or wrong, and learn from them.  It allows us to repent and return to him if we do make a wrong choice.  When we choose what’s right, when we choose to help others, when we choose to forgive, when we choose to love, we come closer to Christ.  It is through us that God helps others, if we choose to follow his teachings.

One Response to “Choosing Charity”

  1. I always feel so sad when I hear this story but I know that Emile Parker is with God and Jesus and that she is sooo happy! 🙂 I know that her family understands that

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