The worst part of many "faith-promoting stories" when someone avoids death is the implication of unrighteousness or unworthiness of those who weren't saved from death.
For example, when the towers fell on 9/11, stories circulated about people who had been delayed getting to work or didn't take their scheduled flight for some reason - and many of those stories expressed thanks that God had saved them from death as a result. I appreciate those people's faith, but I also understand the subtle message that God did NOT intervene for the many people who died in that horrific event.
In nearly all cases, the stories are not
malicious or intentional; it's just a case of not thinking
through the implications - and not recognizing the prideful foundation (the Rameumpton) on which
the stories are built. The irony is that most people who feel protected and tell the stories are coming from a place they see as humbly recognizing God's presence in their lives, but the way the stories are framed is not grounded in humility.
Enid vs. Banality 2/26/2017
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