Dear Aunt Dara,
Recently I was tricked by my friend into going to a heavy metal concert. The music this band played went against all good Christian ideals, and many of the fans were encouraging this and even shouting things such as, "Hail Satan", etc. Then as I was driving home my car was starting to make strange sounds, and the engine eventually stopped working and started smoking. We had to call a tow-truck, and now the car is ruined. I am very worried. Is God punishing me for going to this heavy metal concert and being with such an unsavory crowd? Please help!
Punished by God
I don't know if God was punishing you or not, but I think that the important question to ask is, "What is the lesson to be learned from this?" If this experience makes you more careful about the friends you choose, the places you go and the types of entertainment that you participate in, and brings you closer to God, then the loss of your car was worth it.