Why does God allow his people to suffer?

IraqWe have all been following with horror the atrocities committed by the Islamic State in northern Iraq against Christians and other minority groups.  We are all filled with revulsion knowing that Boko Haram has kidnapped over 200 mostly Christian schoolgirls. Our news reports are filled with acts of violence being committed against Christians.  Christians are suffering, going hungry and dying of exposure.  How ought we to think about the suffering of God’s people?

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