Christian Viewer Expresses Disappointment in God, Wants To Know Why, In Spite of Years of Service, God is Not Helping Him
I almost forgot to blog about this. I really related to this guy’s letter (which I’ve included much farther below, both in text and video format – I’ve embedded the video that contains the letter at the bottom).
This guy wrote this question to the hosts of The 700 Club – Gordon Robertson was the host.
I wasn’t too impressed by Gordon’s response – I felt his reply was just “meh” or “so-so.” It was not an awful response, but I didn’t feel it was great and really answered the guy’s concern.
My interest, though, is not in Gordon’s reply, but in the guy’s question (or maybe it was a lady). This letter resonates with me so much. Sometimes I don’t know if God exists or not, and on some days, I skip praying, because some of the same 3 or 4 things I’ve been praying for over a period of ten or more years now have not been answered.
Either there is no God to hear my prayers, or he doesn’t keep the promises he makes in the Bible about meeting our needs and so on.
I have felt let down and abandoned by God for a long time now. (And it also doesn’t help that most Christians I’ve gone to in real life, including family members and people I’ve met at churches, aren’t helpful or sympathetic – about any thing.)
I also don’t feel as though I ever had the “abundant life,” in spite of the fact Jesus Christ said he came to give that very thing to any one who believes him or follows him. (I used to be a very devout Christian, for years.)
I too, (like the letter author), have experienced many disappointments over the years. And God is no where to be found or heard from.
One reason I am hesitant to mention these issues to Christians, whether online or in person, is that most of the time, they will shame and scold you over this.
I have frequently had Christians bark at me that I must be a “Word of Faither” and they proceed to lecture me and scream at me at how I am selfish for expecting God’s help with anything. Some of them will chew me out and say God owes me nothing, God is not a genie in a bottle whom I can demand things from, and so forth.
First of all, I am not, nor have I ever, been a Word of Faither. I don’t agree with WoF. Secondly, it’s not selfish to feel or believe God “owes” a person something, not in the face of prayer. Jesus and God both make numerous promises in the Bible, that if you believe, have faith, pray, God will eventually grant you the very thing you are requesting.
Those types of promises are through-out the New Testament, no matter how badly certain types of Christians try to explain them away. It beats me why, even though I’ve had faith and prayed about this, that, and the other, God has not sent me those things I’ve frequently asked for.
Here is the person’s letter to the show:
[Dear 700 Club],
I have been a Christian for 41 years. I have spent countless hours serving and have invested thousands of dollars into different ministries.
Yet, I do not have “life more abundantly.”
Rather, my life has been one big disappointment after another, and I am still worrying about where my next dollar is going to come from.
Because of this, I am having a crisis of faith. I know I am here to serve God, and not the other way around, but I simply do not see His “faithfulness” in my life. I’m old and tired of working so hard for nothing. Please explain before I give up on God.
The letter is in this video: