“The slaves of the landowner came and said to him, ‘Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have tares?’ And he said to them, ‘An enemy has done this’” (Matthew 13:27-28a)!
How to reconcile an all-powerful, all-loving Creator God with the suffering and injustice that exists within the created order has spurred theological and philosophical debate for thousands of years. It’s the very issue raised in the question posed by the slaves of the landowner. While Jesus’ five-word response doesn’t fully satisfy our curiosity of such things, it is enough to redirect blame and remind us that the brokenness of this world did not originate with the hand of God. The faithful understand that God’s justice will prevail in a way, and at a time, our finite minds cannot even fathom.