There is a group of religionists who gained notoriety by protesting the funeral services of military members killed in action. They laid the blame for these deaths on an America which condoned homosexuality; God was having revenge on the rampant sinfulness of the country. Carrying their placards near the funeral route, they spouted a brand of hatred which was based on their interpretation of Biblical verses especially from the writings of the Old Testament.
I remember many years ago viewing one of my mother’s favorite televangelists offering his explanation for the severe weather patterns touching the East Coast. It was the punishment of an almighty God upon a sinful population in the major cities. Yes, those folks in Charleston were simply having too much fun.
Well, folks, I guess Florida takes the trophy for sinfulness. We’re gonna get nailed and honestly, most of us don’t really have that much fun to brag about. I just want to know how their God decides what type of punishment to use. We have our hurricanes, the Pacific has typhoons, Japan has earthquakes and Oklahoma….well Toto….this ain’t Kansas. Ever set directly under a tornado? I have and immediately confessed my sins and begged for deliverance. Then I watched the light show from the exploding electrical transformers a half mile away and I knew God was going to keep me around for another day.
Don’t want to step on anyone’s toes….well, yeah, I do…..but, the concept which I name God has a terrific sense of humor. If not true then surely he/she/it would have blown all of us to smithereens by now. Would anything other than a gracious and benevolent God process all the shenanigans happening in this world and not pull the plug? Remember the simple meal-time grace we recited as kids….”God is great, God is good; let us thank him for this food.” We also need to add, “and thanks for loving me enough not to feed me what I deserve.”
Irma is heading this way. There will be billions of dollars in property damage, lives will be changed forever, and unfortunately some will die. But, it’s a force of nature, possibly a result of climate change, and it doesn’t matter from where it has come. But, woe unto you religionists who tell me it’s a punishment. Shame! I hope Irma lays a big booger on your pillow this weekend.