Romans 8:28 often gets translated “All things work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to God’s purpose.”
This idea has migrated into our culture, absent the God element, as “everything happens for a reason”.
Both the Bible version and its secular offspring have had disastrous ramifications. It is a dangerous idea that harms people daily.
Not only is it a bad reading of the scripture but its impact is devastating for people’s faith and lives.
In this sermon, I challenge the assumption by pointing out two simple things:
- Not everything works for your good. Some ‘things are working against you.
- There is an agent (God) that is at work in ‘all things – both good and bad.
We need to get this right because there is a better reading of that Bible passage.
Please let me know your thoughts, questions, and concerns. You can listen to the podcast audio here: http://vermonthillsumc.org/podcast/not-everything-happens-for-a-reason/