Ugh. Sorry for putting up two posts in one day. Sorry also to my sadly neglected fiction work for interrupting you to be distracted.
But a blog that I recently started following has this to say:
we need to be praying for God to use this tragedy for His purposes, for His glory. Could this “natural disaster” be yet another call for the people of the world to repent of our sins?
The Old Testament is filled with instances when God brought or allowed crises to bring peoples to their knees.
Oh, Christianity. Why do you do this? Do you not recall Hebrews 9? Because that passage is pretty clear. As I said over at that other blog:
’m sorry, but I just cannot accept that God uses natural disasters this day and age to communicate God’s plan for the world.
Sure, that was commonplace in the Old Testament. But that was before the Christic Covenant and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. Now that we have a direct line of communication with the Divine, God has no need to use those pre-propritiation methods of communicating God’s will.
Will there ever be a fire or flood or earthquake or eclipse or outbreak or other disaster that doesn’t have some of us rubbing our hands together gleefully delighting in the idea of a Smiting God?!?