As I’m sure you all know, on May 20th, 2013, a massive EF5 tornado hit close to home for me. Moore, Oklahoma is only about 30 miles from where I live, and the tornado was an all-too-familiar sight to me. I was here and can still remember the May 3rd,1999 tornado, despite my young age. That tornado nearly took my dad’s life. I have God to thank that my dad is still alive. The destruction left in the path of the tornado is mind-blowing, as is the loss of life.
When storms hit, people are quick to speak for God, trying to bring some explanation to destruction and death. Some are genuine attempts to interpret God’s reasoning, while others are just trying to find something or someone to blame. One of the most ludicrous statements came from Fred Phelps, Jr., one of the leaders of the widely despised cult from Topeka, Kansas, stating that,
Despite many attempts at reasoning, only a few got it right. According to John chapter 9,
“As he passed by, he saw a man blind from birth. 2 And his disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” 3 Jesus answered, “It was not that this man sinned, or his parents, but that the works of God might be displayed in him.”
So, the Bible says that it is not always God punishing us for something we did wrong, or something that someone else did wrong, but that sometimes, bad things happen so that The works of God may be displayed. In fact, on a national NBC broadcast, one of the reporters stated that,
“You can wait on the government to help you, but the Baptist men will always be there.”
When hard times hit, we Christians are to be a light in the darkness, showing compassion to those in pain, and helping where we can (John 9:4-5). This reporter acknowledges that good, Christian men will always be there, as it should be. Do not blame God, or Durant, or Collins, or anything we have done. Instead, let God’s light shine through this tragedy.