The Darwin shooting begs the question. But I think the issue is closer to home. It's not enough to say 'This is not Darwin' when the NT has the highest homicide rate in the country.
But the problem of evil is closer to home and more raw.
This town is full of people doing good things for people. Many of you help in so many ways. Thank you. It's tough, and often unrewarding. Especially when bad things have happened to your clients. I live in this town and I listen, and I've heard some horrific stories. There's trauma and then there's the traumatised carers and helpers.
Maybe you've decided God can't exist when when evil does too.
Helpers in this town value agency, dignity, and empowerment. Giving people back choices. The NDIS values this. But it has risk. What if, in being given agency, a person chooses bad? It isn't real agency if you step in and stop them. But neither is the blame with you for empowering them.
I am sure God values agency too. And dignity, and empowerment. Perhaps agency comes at a cost, with the consequence that evil might happen. Does that make God evil?
St Paul's Anglican Church meets on Sundays at 9am with kids church. All welcome.