In Disaster, God Revealed as Obscure

I will keep this brief. The situation in Oklahoma is terrible. In this moment, we should not seek to explain God; we should suffer with those who suffer and mourn with those who mourn.

Piper’s now-infamous tweet quoting the book of Job is the exact opposite of the message of that book. Job questioned God; his friends explained God. God responds, “I am angry with you and your two friends, because you have not spoken the truth about me, as my servant Job has.”

In Job’s suffering, God spoke out of the whirlwind — He revealed Himself as obscure. In disaster, God reveals to us that we don’t understand God. Our explanations are meaningless and perhaps even angering.

Yet even still, we should continue to love our brothers who try to explain our suffering, just as Job did for his friends. This is a hard thing for me, especially, because I really dislike Piper’s teachings. Even still, the foremost commandment is to love.

Love our brothers and sisters who are suffering in Oklahoma. Sit with them in silence, questioning, and frustration. Love also our brothers and sisters who try to explain their suffering, even as much as they anger us.


About Chris Attaway

Raised in the digital wilderness of the pre-Internet 2.0 era, Chris Attaway is a true gamer and Internet citizen. After a stint studying computer science, his life got flipped turned upside down, and he ended up studying philosophy to help him sort out his life. Now the black sheep in a family of engineers, he has set out to get his footing in the world of freelance journalism. With interests ranging from gaming and technology to LGBT rights, race and politics, Chris is a diverse and skilled writer who always tries to give a fair shake to his subjects.
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4 Responses to In Disaster, God Revealed as Obscure

  1. Heather G says:

    I think Piper’s tweet is being unfairly characterized as him judging people. He didn’t say anything remotely judgmental – his tweet was completely within the scope of YOUR treatment of the book of Job, wasn’t it?

    • Theologically speaking, *maybe*, but it came across as trying to give an explanation or an account of the disaster. Job’s friends sat with him mourning in silence before they opened their mouths and offended God.

  2. Stephen says:

    If you read the OTHER tweet, that was the other half of the verse, he was pointing at the fact that, in nothing, Job worshipped. He wasn’t making judgments on anything concerning the disaster aside from that he hopes others would come near to God through the aftermath.

    • I read it later but hold my position on the subject. I think the best explanation of the negative response to the Tweet is that it felt like turning the disaster into a Jesus Juke.

      I don’t want to emulate some of the very negative responses to Piper, but Piper’s tweets were legitimately offensive.

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