News Mysterious Ways
posted by June 12 at 10:45 AMon
If a tornado—or an earthquake or a wildfire or a meteor—were to strike San Francisco’s city hall during a gay wedding next week, respected leaders of the religious right would rush to their cable broadcast studios to insist that the tornado—or the earthquake, wildfire, meteor, whatever—that leveled San Francisco’s city hall was divine judgment, God’s righteous wrath. Like the Rev. Hagee said of Hurricane Katrina…
So I believe that the judgment of God is a very real thing…. I believe that the Bible teaches that when you violate the law of God, that God brings punishment sometimes before the day of judgment. And I believe that the Hurricane Katrina was, in fact, the judgment of God against the city of New Orleans.
So how does the religious right explain the tornado that struck a Boy Scout camp in Iowa yesterday, killing four and injuring scores more? (The Scouts are famously anti-gay, anti-atheists, and pro-God.) Again, we turn to Rev. Hagee. While all natural phenomena represent God’s “permissible will”…
You cannot say that everything on the Earth that happens is sin…. But it is wrong to say that every natural disaster is the result of sin. It is a result of God’s permissive will, but no man on Earth knows the mind of God.
It’s wrong to say that every natural disaster is the result of sin, you see, because sometimes natural disasters happen to us, not just to them, and when they happen to us, well, the Lord moves in mysterious ways, no man can possibly know the mind of God, maybe Jesus needed a few more angels in heaven, blah blah blah. But when a natural disaster hits San Francisco—or New Orleans before a big gay party—then we can read the mind of God like it was a large-print edition of Highlights For Children.