Wednesday, September 21, 2005

God and Hurricanes

I was driving home from work today and decided to listen in on Christian talk radio. When I tuned it, he host and callers were discussing the topic of whether or not the hurricane that hit New Orleans was sent from God. The callers I heard suggested that God sent it to NO because of the homosexuality and wickedness of the city. The callers sounded hateful toward the people of NO and even proud of the fact that their God took out the city. The host, Scott Wilder, was not willing to make the same declaration(saying he did not know), but seemed to agree with the callers and even stated that he could not believe that President Bush was willing to rebuild the city; that Bush saying that it was a "great city" made him feel the same way he did when he heard him say Islam is a "great religion." One of the callers mentioned pointed to the timing of the hurricane, just after a gay Southern Decadence parade. I even heard references to Sodom and Gomorrah and voodoo in conjunction with NO. This conversation made me angry, especially in light of the fact that a new storm is coming toward Texas, now a level 5. Will these callers and Wilder talk about the evil of Galveston and Houston, believing that God was out to get these people and cities? What sins of these cities will they believe brought on this storm? And why doesn't God send hurricanes to "sinful" cities inland? Does God hate the sins of New Orleans more than the more sophisticated sins (like materialism, greed, hatred, racism, adultery) of other cities? Who are these people to think the sins of people in NO (by the way, in their minds, was God also judging Biloxi, Gulfport, and other cities along the Gulf?) are worse than their sins or the sins of their inland cities? I pulled up in my driveway, turning off the radio, grieving again that there are some in the Christian community marring our witness to a world so in need of seeing and hearing the Good News of God and of His presence to help in times like these.


Blogger Johnny Leckie said...

Well, they do wear bikinis down there in Galveston. How long O Lord, will the wicked go unpunished?!

...Yeah, I'm afraid that too many Christian synapses are generally not firing on all spiritual cylinders.

9/22/2005 08:51:00 AM  
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9/27/2005 04:56:00 PM  

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