Found this at Washington Post On Faith column. The speaker is Bishop Desmond Tutu:
We inhabit a universe — that is it has order and laws and we human creatures have a precious gift, the freedom to choose which makes us moral agents.
Our God who is omnipotent is also weak in that God has imposed limitations on God’s omnipotence to give us the space to have a real autonomy.
We have the freedom to choose and some of our choices as such lead to incidents such as this tragedy. God could not intervene without nullifying the freedom of the perpetrator.
But such incidents remind us too of our radical contingency and vulnerability. We exist only because we are kept in being by the unceasing act of creating — God breathing God’s breath into us from moment to moment. Life is vulnerable and is pure gift. We are utterly, completely dependent on God for we are fragile and God upholds us gently and caringly.
Our God cares, for this God is Immanuel, God with us, who joins us in our dumbfounded speechlessness and bewilderment and this God does not give advice from a safe distance but enters the fiery furnace of our anguish and God wipes away our tears, this God who knows us by name, from whose nothing, not even death can separate us.
But we must not pretend we know everything. It is ultimately a mystery and we must have a proper agnosticism.
We send our deepest sympathies to all who have been bereaved, and to those who have been injured and we pray too for the perpetrator.
God bless you.
Did you catch that? “Our God who is omnipotent is also weak in that God has imposed limitations on God’s omnipotence to give us the space to have a real autonomy” and “We must have a proper agnosticism.” So, is Tutu saying tha,
1) God chooses to place limits on his own omnipotence for our autonomy???
2) A proper agnosticism would be a hopeful faith without absolute assurance???
Think about these things for a moment. The deity of Tutu and Kushner (remember him?) is a deity that does not intervene in times like these, but sits and waits for us in heaven when we die. How do Christians reconcile God’s inaction in a cruel world except this way? What does that mean for our faith? What does that mean for you?