A FALSE DICHOTOMY

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“Then his wife said to him, ‘Do you still hold fast your integrity? Curse God and die.’ But he said to her, ‘You speak as one of the foolish women speaks. Shall we indeed accept good from God and not accept adversity’” (Job 2:9-10).

As long as life is hitting on all cylinders, the masses will praise the goodness of God. The strange irony, however, is when adversity strikes, all praise ceases. Not only this, but there has arisen on many fronts within the American church a prevalent self-absorbed whininess that interprets any hardship as God somehow being absent. The omnipresence of God is a theological assumption, regardless of my life circumstances or yours.

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