Karin Hill is a hero who helped other passengers evacuate the plane that recently landed in the Hudson River. Nicely done. We all can be grateful that nobody was killed, and that crew and passengers alike acted bravely.
However, I must point out the problems with a comment by Karin’s understandably relieved and proud mother. She said, “Our whole family really attributes this to the grace of God. He protected her and the plane and everyone. We all feel that way.” Not to take anything away from Karin’s bravery, but let’s think that one through.
If God was protecting the plane, then why did it crash land in the first place? Have you ever noticed that people tend to invoke God’s grace only after something terrifying has happened? Where was God before the crash? Why didn’t he, for instance, gently push the birds aside so that they didn’t damage the aircraft? I have a hard time believing that God would be so vain as to allow the crash just so that he could take credit for preventing any deaths.
More to the point, what about all the people whom God does not save? The idea that God saved the passengers of this flight implies that God chose not to save the passengers on other flights who perished. The implication is that either these other passengers were not worth saving, or God acts capriciously, saving some and permitting others to die a fiery and horrifying death.
The passengers in New York got unlucky in that their plane went down. Then they survived through a combination of good luck and brave action. Out of respect for those who were not so fortunate, let’s leave God out of it.