It’s not hard to find a Christian who will take any given natural disaster and turn it into a repentance message… “Turn or burn,” you’ll hear from countless pulpits across America this coming Sunday. You may even be unfortunate enough to hear that those affected by this brought it on themselves because of their lack of a healthy fear of God. Ya know, they may or may not revere God, they may or may not live a life as holy as these so-called mighty men and women of God profess to live… But that’s not for me to decide!
However, as a student (and teacher) of the bible, it is my duty to put this in proper biblical perspective…
Jesus Himself said “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” (John 10:10 NKJV)
If this tsunami caused loss in any way it was not a “God thing.” Period. How do we know? Let ask Jesus…
John 5:19 – Then Jesus answered and said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father do; for whatever He does, the Son also does in like manner.”
If Jesus gives life (John 10:10), He does it because that’s what the Father does (John 5:19). Jesus gives a wonderful parable (Parable of the Wheat and the Tares) in Matthew 13:24-30 where He (essentially) warns against “uprooting” those that seem unrighteous, but to wait until the “time of harvest” and then it will be clear. This was not a harvest, it was a massacre, an “untimely uprooting.”
Here’s a radical idea… Instead of pointing a self-righteous finger at those who are suffering from this, let’s show them the Kingdom of God and be the Body of Christ. In other words, help them! Show them the love of Christ instead of blaming them for their problems.