I was originally going to respond to Anon 10:56 in the comments of the post below. But this is actually something I’ve been wanting to blog on for a while, so you guys get another post instead.
Anon 10:56 said:
"But “God draws straight with crooked lines” doesn’t mean that God turns sin into blessings.”
I don't quite understand this because God is always bringing forth good out of evil.
"God could not bring good out of Maciel’s evil, because Maciel did not repent."
Again, I'm confused. Since when does the sinner have to repent for God to bring good from the sin? And can't God do anything He wants?
NO! God does NOT bring good out of sin. Sin cuts us off from God, the Ultimate Good. The Good God brings from a bad situation does NOT come from sin, but grace.
So, Maximilian Kolbe is not an example of God bringing good (an awesome martyr) out of Evil (The Nazi camps). Rather, it is an example of God taking one mans good RESPONSE to evil (courage, self-sacrifice, faith) and turning it into an even GREATER good.
God took the loaves and fishes and multiplied them into a feast. He turned water into wine. He did not take rotting food and transform it into a feast or mud and turn it into wine. He takes the good things we give him and transforms them into better thing. But he can’t use our sin – sin, by its very nature is SEPARATION FROM GOD. We’re called to reject Satan and his works, not to turn them to good. Why? Because there can be no good apart from God.
God brought our salvation out of the crucifixion, it’s true. But our salvation is not a result of a disgusting Roman execution method. It comes from Christ’s love for us and His willingness to give himself up for us.
God does not turn evil to good – but he brings good out of our responses to evil, when we respond in a Christ like way. He's not bringing good out of sin. He's bringing good out of conscious decisions to be brave, or honest, or self-sacrificing.
Remember – sin and suffering weren’t part of the original plan. It was supposed to be so much better than this- for all that God can mitigate the effects of sin through grace, it would be better if we had never sinned at all. (For a better explanation of this, check out C.S. Lewis’s Perlandria. C.S. Lewis explains everything better than I can! :) )