Sunday, September 04, 2005

Is God Mad? Good ole' Mom leaves food for thought

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Many of you saw my post on Repent America's statement about Hurricane Katrina and the supposed cause of New Orleans' destruction: gays. Most of you also so my post about the "Our God is NOT a Murderer" petition to the American faith community. Well, I talked to my Mom on the phone yesterday, just to say hello and see how things were going. We talked about school and about the current events, including Katrina. Just leave up to you mother to put soem questions into your head and make you start questioning what you thought to be true. Mothers are good at that it seems. Now my mom has a very interesting take on this whole Katrina thing. Unlike all of the radical religious zealots she isn't blaming gays or abortionists or drunkards or any other group...she is blaming humanity and its natural sinful nature as whole. I just can't stop thinking that she might just be right. She said (and by no means is this a direct quote, word for word): "Look at New Orleans, all of the sin, all of the pleasure; its open defiance of God's Word and the lack of respect and reverence toward Him." She is right. New Orleans is a sinful city. Every year it bursts forth with sin and, just as she said, acts in open defiance of God's Word and Will... all on Phat Tuesday. It is quite ironic that the sin has somehow become intertwined with one of the most holy times during the Church year, Lent and Easter. So, what if God really was upset? What if this was his warning to the world? Remember, our God may not be a murderer, but the Bible does say that the sins of the father fall onto the son, even if the son is innocent. It also says that our God is a jealous God. God has been known to do great acts of horror in order to bring the world back to Him. Now I really don't know what to believe right now... all I am doing is considering the questions and doubts in my mind. Maybe God is mad. Maybe New Orleans shouldn't be rebuilt. Who knows? One thing is certain though. In the aftermath of this disaster, we must pull together in order to comfort and help those who have been affected by nature's cruelty. We must show our love...the same love which Christ showed us. We must be compassionate and willing to sacrifice our wants and desires for the needs of others. Maybe this is the reason for which God sent Katrina... to test the hearts and minds of those who claim to follow Him in areas outside of Katrina's reach. May God see us through this ultimate test of our will, our strength, our courage, our love, our compassion and our willingness to love Him and our neighbors.

8 Comments:

Follow this line of thinking to its logical conclusion and no place hit by a natural disaster should ever be rebuilt -- what with the destruction being God's will and all.
hmm, i really dont agree with your mom or the sin theory at all, we just need to be helping out as much as we can.
To be perfectly honest, I don't believe that the God revealed by Jesus Christ would destroy a whole city for any reason. Nature is nature. Did Indonesia deserve its tsunami? Did Florida deserve Hurricane Andrew? I think that kind of thinking is dangerous, spiritually and otherwise.
posted by Blogger Nate at 9/05/2005 12:29:00 AM  
All I can say is that everything happens for a reason... only God knows those reasons. Whether disasters serve as punishments for our sin or tests of our will I will never know.
My dear conservative friend...

Mardi Gras has been a tradition for quite sometime. Reaching back as far as when the Church stole the religious holidays from pagans in the first place. Fat Tuesday occurs before Ash Wednesday. It is believed that one should satisfy all the pleasures of the flesh the day before Lent begins. As someone who is trying to promote tolerance and acceptance, I would think you would want to educate yourself as thoroughly as possible on an issue before passing blind judgment on it. Before we can preach tolerance, we have to understand the intolerance that resides in ourself.
posted by Anonymous Ricky at 9/05/2005 05:23:00 PM  
I am fully aware of the historical roots of Mardi Gras... do you really think that all of the people celebrating Mardi Gras head off to Mass the next day to ask forgiveness?
Do you really think all those people who are anal retentive about sin, forgiveness, and God really believe what they say they do? Or could it be that just like there are people at Mardi Gras flashing their tits just cause they want... there are people at mass the next morning just because they feel they have to? My response was not a knocking of your historical knowledge, my dear. It was my attempt to ground you in the reality of the situation. Katrina happened because the planet is warmer and hurricanes occur in order to balance this heat naturally. The path of Katrina was directed not by the almighty hand of God, but by wind and water currents in the Gulf. The Gulf is unusually warm this year and Katrina was able to strengthen after passing through Florida. All low pressure storms like this arc to the right above the equator, it was coincidental that New Orleans was affected. It could have very well been ANY port city on the Gulf Coast. This is not God's warning to mankind. It is Nature's way of trying to balance out an unusually hot planet due to human waste and destruction. All the fanatics who are placing religious context on a natural occurence are simply straining at gnats and swallowing camels.
posted by Anonymous Ricky at 9/06/2005 01:42:00 AM  
Like I said before... there is a reason for everything that happens on this Earth... the reason(s) will always be inexplicably tied to God and His will for this earth.

All we can do now is do what we are called to do by Christ... take care of the poor and needy, the children and elderly, the orphans and widows. We should honor the souls who have passed from this life to the next and do all that we can to make sure that all of those affected have peace, reconcilation, security, love and hope.