We’re hearing a lot about storms these days – first Harvey in Texas, now Irma and potentially Jose on the East coast. In addition, dozens of devastating wildfires are burning thousands of acres in the western part of the US. Communities are experiencing catastrophes, business are disrupted, homes are damaged or destroyed, people and families are displaced, injured, traumatized, financially ruined. Why is all this happening?
Well, God, of course. Just ask Jim Bakker.
(PS: In the video, Jim said firmly that “God will not be mocked!” But I don’t believe him. Considering what Jim did to his god’s reputation and his claim that same god has employed him, apparently his god will be mocked. And likes it.)
Sometimes the devastation is diverted. It might miss a house or a neighborhood. A family might lose everything but remain alive and together while the family next door drowns and the family on the other side is completely intact. In the midst of wreckage, an intact Bible is found, or even just a page that gives hope. How does this happen?
In another part of the country, unaffected by storms or fires, someone finds the perfect parking place. Or a new printer at just the right price. Or a sale at the local craft store. Reason?
That’s God, too.
Anytime I wonder if there is a chance I could ever return to belief, I see crap like this and remember why I started questioning in the first place.
Neil Carter (aka Godless in Dixie) published a post this week, a post I would have love to have written, but he does it so darn well that all I can do is just share it and say… uh… whatever the equivalent of “amen” is. Maybe just “ditto.”
Read Neil’s post, “What Praising God in the Storm Reveals About Faith” here.