Sunday, March 27, 2011

Why is Lindsay Lohan in Rehab?


"If God has a plan for everyone's life than how come Lindsay Lohan is in rehab?"

On the weeks when I'm not leading Elementary kids church I like to sit in on the Middle School class. Middle schoolers are goofy. They giggle a lot and they say a lot of silly and ridiculous things. But in the midst of all the silliness Middle schoolers are constantly absorbing, learning, and wrestling with what they are being taught. And although it may come as a surprise to some, Middle schoolers have deep thoughts. This particular question really struck me. "If God has a plan for everyone's life than how come Lindsay Lohan is in rehab?"

Why? If God has a plan for Lindsay Lohan's life than why is she addicted to drugs? If God is all powerful than how come he is allowing Lindsay Lohan to destroy her life? Is that part of God's plan? If so that really sounds like a terrible plan. Does God's perfect plan for us included imperfection? Why indeed?

5 comments:

Fran said...

Dan, I know YOU already know the answers to your own questions! Of course it was not God's plan for Lindsey to follow her own path and become a hot mess. But, He can use all her mistakes for good and I pray that she comes to know Jesus as her Lord and Savior.

Karen said...

Honestly, I think God has a plan for us, but I also think that we have free will to follow that path for good or to choose not to. If we choose not to, and then later on, if we decide to go with that plan, we are then able to follow the plan with a greater perception.
I know what you mean though. And perhaps the "plan" for Lindsay Lohan is to be an example for other teens and how NOT to lead your life. Perhaps that is her life's mission here on Earth. I firmly believe that when something happens that cannot be reversed, that person's mission ends up being to lead others in a different direction.
A child that dies is a perfect example of that. One would think it's horrible that God did not save the child, when, in fact, that child's life mission was to be on Earth to help his parents grow spiritually, and grow closer to God.

Fran said...

With all due respect to Karen, I don't think God ever puts a child on earth and then allows the child to die in order to grow the parents spiritually. That would imply that it is God's will for that child to die. I don't think that it is ever God's will for any of us to die. Death entered the world when sin entered the world when man handed his God-given authority over earth to satan at the Fall. It was Jesus's life mission to be on this earth and die so that we would be reconciled with and be able to grow closer to God. I think that God uses everything, even the tragedy of losing a child, for good but to say that God allows a child to die because it was God's way to grow the child's parents spiritually, seems to me to be kind of an easy way to try to explain a difficult reality. The fact is, we as Christians, live in the tension of conflicting realities. Those realities being: God is good all the time but bad things still happen. There are no easy answers, which is why live by faith. But satan is the one steals, kills and destroys and I would never attribute the works of satan to God by saying that it is HIS plan for a child to die.

Fran said...

why "we" live by faith

Karen said...

Nah, I dont think it is God's will for anyone to die young. I never implied that at all. BUT I believe that all things have a purpose, no matter how short our lives are. To believe otherwise would make everything seem senseless.