Why are we Punishing Lindsay Lohan?
by Robert Johnson
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Why are we punishing Lindsay Lohan? Why not let her do what she wants? She’s not really hurting anyone but herself is she, or is she just trying to have a good time and everyone else is spoiling her fun? I don’t get the outrage or the interest, to be quite frank with you!
If those all seem like ridiculous questions to you, followed equally by a ridiculous statement, then let me ask them to you in a different way. Why would a loving God allow so much pain and suffering in the world? What? What does this question have to do with the others? Well, if you think about it, is there any rational person familiar with the ongoing saga of Lindsay Lohan not thinking that something has to be done to keep this talented young woman from completely destroying herself? Does this at all bring to anyone’s mind the phrase, “tough love?” Any parent, who’s dealt with a wayward child in desperate need of reigning in, knows the phrase!
Now, whether or not Lindsay Lohan is the spoiled young starling gone astray, or the victim of an abusive family, I don’t know, but one thing is for sure, her life needs to change, or she will possibly kill herself, or someone else.
Throughout history, God has been blamed for many nasty events for which people invariably have asked, “Why would a loving God allow such pain and suffering? People have also stated, “There can be no God because of all of the pain and suffering.” Each of these, on the surface seems viable, and perhaps they are worth probing into if you truly want an answer. However, it appears far too often, there is typically not much depth to the probe other than meeting the inquirer’s own self interest in casually dismissing the existence of God.
For the sake of argument, let’s suppose you are the parent of one Lindsay Lohan. Also, for the sake of argument, let us suppose you love that child with all your heart, mind and soul. You remember all of the sweet innocence of her youth and the great potential she showed in one of her many young acting roles.
Oh, but now look at her, addicted to drugs and alcohol and engaging in much self destructive behavior. She has repeatedly stated that she doesn’t want to live by your rules and has followed up on these statements by acting upon her desires and as a result is now deeply embedded in self destructive behavior as well as the court system. As a loving parent, what do you do? As the judge, what do you do?
Many on the outside looking in on this tragic scenario, recognize immediately that Lindsay cannot go on living like this. We all know where it ends! There is no denying that this self destructive lifestyle has dire consequences. So let me ask you one more time. What is a loving God to do?
On the one hand, he is the loving God, the parent of all humanity who day after day looks down upon all his creation and observes the free will of mankind on full display. On the other hand, he is the ultimate and final judge of that same humanity upon whom all responsibility rests to properly deal with the results of the exercise of that same free will.
In mankind, we see the struggle between good and evil and often confusingly think that somehow either God doesn’t care, or he doesn’t exist. However, let us not forget Lindsay. Like Lindsay shrugging off the judge’s wise counsel and just punishment, mankind itself has repeatedly shrugged off God’s help and wise counsel in exchange for doing things our way. That is, of course, until some tragedy occurs and we ask that age old question, “if God exists, why does he allow such evil?”
So, what’s it gonna be? Do we want his help or don’t we? If we don’t want his help or want to believe in him, shouldn’t we solemnly resign ourselves to the fact that there are bad people in the world and we just might happen to be in the wrong place at the wrong time?
Perhaps it would be more appropriate if each of us took a little time away from all of the noise this world so readily produces and ask the hard questions when things don’t go our way, or God forbid, when we or someone we love falls prey to some painful or tragic circumstance.
If we are honest, most of us can think of no example where excessive comfort and ease produce anything beyond laziness and a sense of spoiled entitlement. On the contrary the following scripture highlights the benefits of sufferings:
Romans 5:3-4 – Not only so, be we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance , character; and character, hope.
And, Hebrews Chapter 12 which God goes into great detail to explain to us his purpose and reasoning for us to, “endure hardship as discipline..”
Hebrews 12:7 – Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as his children. For what children are not disciplined by their father?
In fact, there are many more examples in scripture and in our present lives of how pain and suffering produce those attributes mentioned in Romans 5:3-4 above. The truth is that God does allow pain and suffering precisely because he cares. It is the only answer God provides to the thoughtful inquirer.
Otherwise, those who perish in rebellion would continue beyond the realm of this world into the next. If God fails to get our attention in this world, what makes us think God will get our attention in the next? Just as a father expects obedience in his own household as a condition of tenancy, God, even more so, expects and deserves a greater obedience as a prerequisite to our tenancy in heaven.
Jesus, tells us in John Chapter 14 that we should not let our hearts be troubled as he is going to prepare a place for us. We are further told in Revelation 21 that this place will be void of mourning or pain. This could not be, had we not been properly prepared to appreciate such a place first here, – on earth, the practice field for eternity!
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Didn't the murderer Cain ask about Abel: “Am I my brother’s keeper?” While we can't make a person change their mind about what they're doing with themselves, we could show them we care. After all what is Apathy but hatred that has been acclimated for the cold. I've also written an article about God and Evil (that's its title). As for Lindsay, why is she doing as she does? Say it with me: SIN. Natural man is like the drug-addict who chooses to drive under the influence and say, "I have never been impaired."