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 Hence, our support may very well need to be withdrawn when the State of Israel’s leadership fails.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.

Published in: on 06/27/2010 at 7:58 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Drill, Baby, Drill ?

I was away for a few days this week and except for an occasional look at the front page of USA Today have been out of touch. It has been tragic watching the oil spill in the Gulf Of Mexico. I’ve been thinking about how Christians should respond to this crisis.

The Bible in Genesis gave humans dominion over God’s Creation, the Earth. Like any other charge that God has given humans, dominion comes with certain caveats and restrictions.  Our resources are not limitless. We know that whatever resources can be used up if they are not replenished or replaced in some way. The idea that dominion equals absolute rule without consequences defies everything that is taught in the Bible. It really flies in the face of who God is and how He operates.

Since we haven’t developed other renewable sources of energy, we still have to depend on oil. The consequences have been immense:

From a national point of view:

  • We are dependent on foreign governments for a good chunk of our power. This makes us vulnerable to price gouging and supply issues.
  • In order to keep our oil habit going we need to drill in places where the environment can be damaged leading to…
  • Other industries (therefore jobs and livelihoods) are damaged causing unemployment and loss of income.
  • Damage done to the coastline may be irreparable.
From a Christian point of view:
  • We are gluttons for energy (and other resources as well) causing people in other countries to pay more for their resources.
  • We have failed to be good stewards of the resources that God has given us. For all of the ranting about American Exceptionalism we are abysmal at stewardship and for that matter, leadership in the handling of resources.

Hopefully, this incident will force us to look at how we have failed to steward our resources.

Published in: on 05/03/2010 at 5:36 pm  Leave a Comment  
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