Song Lyric Sunday: “The Problem” by Downhere

How can God be good if evil things happen?  If God really loves us, then why do bad things happen?  It’s known as “the problem of evil”, and it’s a question that philosophers and theologians have grappled with for years.  Some have written books to logically lay out how both evil and a good God can exist.  Others have simply shrugged their shoulders at the mystery.  The Pop/Rock group Downhere answers the question in their song “The Problem”:

“Everybody’s wondering how the world could get this way/If God is good then how could it be filled with so much pain/It’s not the age-old mystery we’ve made it out to be/Yeah there’s a problem with the world-the problem with the world is me”

Those who doubt that God is good seem to ask the question so that God seems at fault for evil.  How can God be good when evil things happen?  Doesn’t the fact that evil things happen mean that those evil things are God’s fault?

In their song, though, Downhere turns the question on its head.  Instead of evil being God’s fault, they say, evil is the fault of those who choose it–namely you and I.  Evil doesn’t exist because God created it.  Evil doesn’t exist because God does it.  Evil exists only because we do it.  We choose it.  If every person on the face of the earth refused to choose evil, evil would no longer exist.  “The problem with the world”, Downhere seems to be saying, isn’t that God allows evil.  The problem with the world is that we choose it.