In part two of this series, pastors Mike Bell and Rick Henderson look at emotional health, why people become broken, and why bad things happen to good people. If God can stop evil, why doesn't He do it? When it comes to suffering, what are our options if Christianity is not true? And because it wouldn't be Sacred Skeptics without a little controversy, the guys look at evolution (micro-evolution and macro-evolution) and natural selection and its role in human growth and survival -- would those things still work without love and friendship?
Frederick Douglass says it's easier to build strong children than to repair broken men, in the latest quote of the week. Pastors Rick Henderson and Mike Bell agree wholeheartedly, before delving into the meat of the episode: why do bad things happen to good people? Can't God stop evil from happening? If he can, why doesn't He? What do Christians need to know about hard times?
Sometimes good intentions bring unintended consequences, and without killing a sacred cow, Mike Bell and Rick Henderson use famed, canonized Mother Theresa as an example of what that looks like - she wasn't perfect, and we need to be careful not to put people on a pedestal, and make sure our acts of compassion help without hurting.
Dallas Willard, a pastor and spiritual formation teacher, is behind the latest quote of the week, "Reality is what you bump into when you are wrong." Mike and Rick say this quote is what Sacred Skeptics is all about -- just because you don't like the truth doesn't make reality any less real or truthful. Why can't more people admit when they're wrong -- like libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson and his unfortunate Aleppo fail.
Rick Henderson and Mike Bell defend the right of the NFL's Colin Kaepernick to refuse to stand for the National Anthem in protest of the way black Americans are treated, even if they're not convinced he's either understanding the nuance of the injustice and situation, or choosing the best way to express his feelings. Rick doubts that African-Americans can truly claim that they are oppressed in a country with a two-term black president, but the whole debate has opened his eyes to the racist roots of the Star-Spangled Banner. Did you know Francis Scott Key was pro-slavery? The third stanza in particular refers to a black unit (recruited and backed by the British) that defeated Key shortly before he famously wrote about their defeat at the hands of American troops. The guys also dig into a new Satanic group meeting in the region and what that does and does not mean (i.e., theistic Satanists vs. atheistic Satanism, people who believe Satan has divine roots and people who don't.).