Catastrophe or Curse

It seems that for the past few years, every time there is a catastrophe, natural or man-made there will be someone who will claim that the United States is under judgment of God. Whether it is due to gays, abortion, feminism, or failure to support Israel there is a catastrophe to the USA.

One pastor linked a policy that President Obama announced that we will not automatically support Israel at the United Nations to the Gulf of Mexico BP oil spill.  According to World Net Daily:

(Pastor Carl)Gallups says while he was preparing his radio show, he wondered what else happened in the time frame of the rig explosion, to see if there was any connection to anything biblical at all.

He found the Fox News article dated April 19, and said what’s significant about the date is that it’s Israel’s Independence Day this year.

Although Israel’s original declaration took place May 14, 1948, the annual celebration actually floats from year to year in Israel, based on the lunar-based Hebrew calendar, and took place on April 19, 2010.

Referring to Israel as a “prophetic signpost,” Gallups said, “It seems to me we’re turning our back on Israel, and that’s a very dangerous biblical or spiritual place to be.”

The article also states:

The minister cites an ancient promise God made to Abraham, the patriarch of the 12 tribes of Israel, one tribe of which is Judah, from which the Jews derive their name.

In the Book of Genesis, God told him, “I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse … .” (Genesis 12:2-3, New International Version)

Here’s the video:

Here’s the problem, when that promise was made, Israel was to be a Theocracy under direct leadership of God. I realize that for some, like Hal Lindsey and John Hagee that Israel still holds a special relationship with God. Israel is no longer a Theocracy and is subject to human failure (Israel’s leaders are not perfect). Hence, our support may very well need to be withdrawn when the State of Israel’s leadership fails.

Another problem is that there seems to be a major cottage business in blaming natural and man-made problems on God’s Judgment. Is it possible that these are just coincidents ? Do we really need to blame our perceived or real sins  (by extension God) as the problem? I suspect that there will be some who will want to find God’s judgment  in whatever disaster may occur. I am not one of those people. I believe that God’s Judgment occurs at the Second Coming. We live in a fallen world. The disasters and catastrophes are a direct result of that imperfect, fallen world.

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Published in: on 06/27/2010 at 7:58 pm  Leave a Comment  
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