Tuesday, September 06, 2005

John Wesley on Katrina?

Wesley, bless his prophetic heart, had a sermon considered to be one of his most lively on the "why" and "how we can escape" of earthquakes. Here. Could the same be said of, say, hurricanes? And if not all the time, sometimes?

Perhaps too many are too quick to say so - and it certainly sounds abrasive when they suggest it - but could this be God trying to cleanse the decadence and corruption of New Orleans and the casinos of Mississippi? Perhaps not...but I wouldn't be too quick to say "No way!" either.


At 7:50 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The last few generations are the only ones in recorded history who choose to openly discount the clear record of history and the Bible when it comes to the judgment and chastisement of God via natural disasters. It may not be commonly known but aside from New Orleans being a modern Sodom & Gemorrah it was due, the week after the hurricane struck, to have its annual gay pride festival. A city which openly supports and promotes immorality and deviance was due for judgment else in the latter days God would need to apologize to Sodom. In times past judgment put people on thier knees and it is well past time that such again becomes the case before greater and more severe waves of judgment come.

At 12:51 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is complete nonsense. I swear some people talk as though they are glad this tragedy occured, as if to say "They got what they deserved".

If God wanted to destroy the "immorality and deviance" of New Orleans, than why are thousands of low income and middle income homes underwater, but Bourbon Street (thankfully) was left dry?

Why were so many beautifal churches on the MS gulf coast washed away, while the Beau Rivage suffered only minor damage?

At 6:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's been my experience that when the L_rd allows something like Katrina to occur, He's got more than one thing on the agenda.

I agree that the decadence of New Orleans certainly created an opening for the accuser of the brethren to go before the L_rd and say, these people don't deserve to be protected.

I would also point out, that this disaster befell us just as Israel was completing the forced "evacuation" of settlers in Gush Katif and Samaria - an action the Israeli government took under extreme pressure from the United States government. I would be surprised if there isn't some proportional relationship between the two with respect to the number of people displaced and amount of property damage done. Also, with respect to the 2d commenter's point about the houses of worship that were destroyed, when the Arabs entered the evacuated zone in Gush Katif, among their first targets were the synagogues that were left standing. I just read today that Israel Defense Forces buried the synagogue in Sa-Nur (in Samaria) to "prevent" its destruction.

It is a truism that an undeserved curse will not alight. But, who in good conscience can say that New Orleans, indeed, this entire nation, has not sinned exceedingly against the L_rd? that the curse of destruction by hurricane or other means is undeserved?

At the same time, God is merciful. Yes, perhaps thousands will have lost their lives, but it could have been tens of thousands. Yes, billions of dollars in property damage has been done, but there are opportunities for rebirth.


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