Why ask “Why?”

Boston Marathon-Five Days of Fear

With the dedication of George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum in Dallas last week, the 43rd President has given several interviews.  Something that he has been hesitant to do since leaving office.

Fox’s Dana Perino, Bush’s former Press Secretary, asked about his reaction to the Boston bombing.   “I was reminded that evil exists,” Bush bluntly said, “And that there are people in the world who are willing to kill innocent people to advance a cause.”

When someone kills innocent school children, or a terrorist strikes a city or gunman shoots people in a crowded theater, everyone asks, Why?”

Why ask why?

Several years ago I read a book on counseling by Dr. Jay E. Adams.  It was advice to ministers on how to deal with people’s problem when they come seeking counsel.  One thing that stood out in my mind, was not to ask “why” questions such as  “Why did you do that?”

He pointed that often in asking “why” people begin to assign blame.  To escape personal responsibility.  To incriminate others.  To find some excuse that points the finger to any one or anything other than self.  Children do this all the time!  Instead Adams suggested asking “What” questions.  What did you do?  What happened?  Now, what are you (or we) going to do about it?

In the aftermath of the Boston terrorists attacks, the media has been absorbed in asking, “Why?”  Why did these two brothers do this?  In fact, in some circles blame has been assessed to the United States!  Yes, really!  One pundit opined that these young men were not properly accepted and assimilated into our culture and so they lashed out!  Another suggested it is our fault because of US foreign policy! In fact, one far left University professor basically said that Boston got what it deserved.  Our leaders pledge they are going “to get to the bottom of this, so it will never happen again.”

I like President Bush’s answer better.  Evil exists!

Of course, a higher authority that the former President stated that fact nearly 2000 years ago.  Jesus said,”A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good things, and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things… For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies.”     (Matt 12:35; 15:19) 

And 1000 years before Christ, Solomon said, “An evil man is bent only on rebellion” (Prov. 17:11) and “The wicked man craves evil” (Prov. 21:10).

People commit evil acts when their hearts are filled with evil desires, evil motives, and evil intentions.   Revenge.  Jealousy. Hate.  Selfishness.  Misguided causes.  Corrupt religious fervor.   But it all goes back to one thing: Evil Exists.

The devil is an evil force in the world.  Jesus called Satan the “Evil one.”  It is the devil who tempted Eve to commit the first sin and do evil by rebelling against God.  Since that day, the Devil has been working to fil the hearts of men and women with evil thoughts, so they will engage in evil actions.  And it will be the way until the end of time and the Devil is completely subdued.

Until then bad people will do bad things. “It will happen again.” So don’t accuse the innocent.  Or excuse the guilty.  And forget asking, “Why?”  It’s simple.  Evil exists.

-Ken Weliever, The Preacherman

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4 responses to “Why ask “Why?”

  1. Thank you for your timely advice brother Ken. 🙂

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  2. Richard Williams, Pine Bluff, AR

    “Why?” asked the child. “Because,” replied the parent.

    Sometimes there is no “Why?” to an action other than “I wanted to do it!” All sorts or rationalizations, reasons, and motives can be assigned to an action or behavior but the bottom line is personal choice, and too often that choice is guided by sinful desires or temptations.

    As Rush Limbaugh often points out, “Words mean things,” so also do actions. And both words and actions have consequences, intended and unintended.

    “Why?” do people do terrible things? It is because of sin they entertain evil desires! Yet, we try to analyze and rationalize and assign blame away from the perpetrator or minimize his or her responsibility for the behavior or action. “Society wronged them,” or “they had a difficult childhood,” or “they fell in with the wrong crowd,” or any of dozens of other excuses. Bottom line is we each are responsible for our own thoughts, desires, and actions and the subsequent consequences.

    This is why we need God in our lives, for we cannot of ourselves rightly direct our own steps. We need a guide, and only God our creator can provide the proper guidance for us, His creation.

    Thank you for a good post today, Ken. As you correctly point out, we need to admit, individually and as a society, that “evil exists” and quit trying to find excuses or reasons for what we already know is the cause of terrorism and other heinous behavior. Until Satan is finally cast into the Lake of Fire and this physical world is burned up, bad things will continue to happen because of sin and man’s weakness for it. The only escape is through God by the blood of Christ.

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  3. Billie

    VERY TIMELY THOUGHT – ENJOYED THE REPLY AND AGREE. THIS IS VERY HARD TO EXPLAIN TO CHILDREN INCLUDING TEENAGERS. WE DO NEED TO HAVE THESE DISCUSSIONS WITH THEM, SO THEY TOO ARE ARMED WITH GODS WORD.

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  4. Pamela Riddick, Lilac Rd. Church of Christ, Leitchfield, KY

    Excellent post Ken !!! Totally agree !

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