"Will you indeed sweep away the righteous with the wicked?"

Richard Huls

READ : Genesis 18:22-33

Abraham’s question to God is today’s focus. What about the suffering of innocent people? If a woman smokes and poison affects her unborn child, why should the innocent child suffer? If a person molests an innocent child, why should the child suffer? If there is a war started by selfish and greedy adults, why should innocent people suffer? We can understand why wrong-doers suffer, but why innocent people?

Abraham was asking a question which needed to be addressed. Why should the righteous die with the ungodly? Was there no way to separate them? Was God fair in destroying the good with the bad?

Today we see that innocent persons suffer socially and psychologically because of how parents and adults act. Can God be held responsible for this? As the Bible writers struggle with this question, they eventually believe that the innocent are not held accountable for the sins of the parents. Even though difficult, our otherwise innocent child can break out of an irresponsible parental pattern by calling on God for his help, developing transforming personal disciplines in life. Jesus Christ, truly innocent, fully understands unfair treatment. Lent helps us focus on the truth that God loves and heals violated people.


God, deliver us from the consequences of other people’s evil. In Christ’s name. Amen.