After Hurricane Katrina, Christian fundamentalists like Pat Robertson claimed that God was trying to send a message to the country through the devastation of the storm as reported by the Time Magazine.
“On The 700 Club in 2005, Robertson blamed Hurricane Katrina on the issue of abortion in John Roberts’ Supreme Court nomination.
When the earthquake happened in Haiti, the same grumbling from Robertson convicted Haiti for a pact with the devil as reported by CNN.
“The Haitians “were under the heel of the French. You know, Napoleon III and whatever,” Robertson said on his broadcast Wednesday. “And they got together and swore a pact to the devil. They said, ‘We will serve you if you will get us free from the French.’ True story. And so, the devil said, ‘OK, it’s a deal.’ “
This time I’m going to jump ahead of the likes of Pat Robertson’s doom and gloom prophecies and give this Natural Disaster Hurricane Sandy a brighter outlook.
In this country, the best of itself typically shines through the nastiness of disaster. How respectful for both campaigns to suspend while citizens’ lives are at stake. We are sure to see Romney and Ryan passing sandbags instead of passing campaign literature and President Obama spending much time in the situation room instead of in southern Florida. Some say there is a blessing in every curse and the blessing in this trauma is that instead of watching Governor Chris Christie trading barbs with democratic surrogates questioning the patriotism of the President and Tea party folks on Fox News talking about shrinking government and getting rid of FEMA, we see Christie in a news interview and in an official Twitter message appearing thankful for the President’s leadership and a unified message from democratic and republican politicians urging evacuation and safety.
So what is God trying to show us? Maybe he’s ceasing the foolishness, name calling, lying and the flat out disrespectful nature of the sensationalism of the political dialogue in this country. Maybe, God is showing us that the President in place is the man for the job. Just maybe God is forcing us to work together, play nice, and be true to the request we make at baseball games and political events “God Bless America.”
I’m a Christian minister, and for many it may be hard to swallow that I believe that God has anything to do with the weather. Maybe you believe he doesn’t. However, what I do believe undoubtedly is that the spirit of man to care for man is Godly, and if this storm re-invigorates that spirit then thank God and may God continue to bless America. My prayers go out for storm victims and their loss of materials and loved ones.