3. Jesus used His best flambé technique with those who assumed bad things happened to people because they were worse than others (Lk. 13.1-5) .
4. And, the last time I checked the scripture, it was the self-righteous, religious rock-tossers that ticked off Christ the most (Mat. 23. 23-33).
So, why did New Orleans and Biloxi get socked? I’m not going to jump out there and speak for God (principally, because He hasn’t spoken to me since I went to that Celion Dion concert in Vegas four years ago), but here’s my best guess: if you build a big city below sea level in the middle of hurricane highway then the chances are you’re eventually going to take a hit. It doesn’t mean God hates you. It just means there is a cost to living on the coast. Now, if New Orleans, Biloxi or Miami gets hit six more times between September and October and continues to get hit several times each year over the next eight summers, then I would say God’s probably annoyed with them.
So, Elijah-wannabe—why don’t you lay down your sackcloth and your rapture chart? Now, pick up your checkbook and write a hefty check for disaster relief. Next, if you actually have a job, take a week off from work and go help clean up the mess. Imagine that . . . joining the hundreds of thousands of Christians doing the dirty work of ministry instead of just sitting back and bashing the victims and the places in which they live. I’ll be down there in a few days, so maybe we can meet up, have a beer or Kool-Aid or whatever you drink. And lastly, whether you decide to go or not, please do us all a favor and just shut up with the Sodom rhetoric and simply pray that we all take stock of how short our lives are and that somehow, through this disaster, our nation will get closer to God and to each other than we ever have before.
Can I get an “Amen”?
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