Q — Week 6
The physician Paul Brand once wrote, “In the United States, I encountered a society that seeks to avoid pain at all costs. Patients lived at a greater comfort level than any I had previously treated, but they seemed far less equipped to handle suffering and far more traumatized by it.”
Is this true? Are we Americans actually LESS equipped to handle the unavoidable pains of life than many of our less educated, less technologically advanced, less progressive counterparts on the planet? Is there a crisis of meaning in our world that makes it difficult for people to deal with suffering? In this deeply personal talk, WestGate Church lead pastor Steve Clifford talks about what the teachings of Jesus and the Bible say about suffering - and how they’ve helped him discover that no explanation or understanding of suffering could be more helpful, hopeful or encouraging.