At some point in our lives we’ve been asked the question or posed the question ourselves, “Why does God allow suffering and injustice?” Philosophers have pondered this and preachers have tried to determine the answer since the beginning of time.
Learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless, plead the widow’s cause. Isaiah 1:17
I don’t write this post to open up any sort of philosophical or religious debate, but rather to bring attention to a matter that has deeply touched my soul. In all honesty, I would not have known about the case if I didn’t have a connection to Guyana through my parents, or if my cousin hadn’t posted a link to it on Facebook. Many in America are unaware of what happens outside our borders, but this is a case that deserves international attention. In November 2013, a young man named Colwyn Harding was allegedly brutalized by The Guyana Police Force. The abuse was so horrific that the young man remains in hospital more than two months after the attack. He has been forced to use a colostomy bag due to the extent of his injuries and is now suing the police force for $100M. The investigation into police corruption continues.
The name Guyana means “Land of many waters”. Water is a symbol of life and cleansing. It can symbolize new beginnings and very often represents strength.
But let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream. Amos 5:24
Now is the time for Guyana to live up to its namesake and let justice flow to bring healing and justice for all involved.
What happens when a society does not progress as a people? What happens when the ones who are supposed to uphold the law and protect the people flagrantly break the law and abuse the people? There are so many layers to this story. If you have the time to read it, I suggest you do. This is about apathy, racism, abuse of power, poverty, class structure, corruption and so much more. These are the issues that matter. Though I don’t have an answer to the question “Why does God allow suffering and injustice?” my response, right now, will be to no longer remain silent on the issues that matter.