Bad Day New Orleans – An Act of God

I came across this brilliant article while reading about the destruction caused by hurricane Katrina…

“Although the loss of lives is deeply saddening, this act of God destroyed a wicked city,” stated Repent America director Michael Marcavage. “From ‘Girls Gone Wild’ to ‘Southern Decadence,’ New Orleans was a city that had its doors wide open to the public celebration of sin. From the devastation may a city full of righteousness emerge,” he continued.

New Orleans is also known for its Mardi Gras parties where thousands of drunken men revel in the streets to exchange plastic jewelry for drunken women to expose their breasts. This annual event sparked the creation of the “Girls Gone Wild” video series.

I love how when a hurricane strikes an “evil city” it is an act of a vengeful God. When tornadoes ravage the mid-west and destroy churches it is God acting in “mysterious ways”. You would think that if there were actually some correlation between God’s desires and events on earth that mankind would have deciphered the clues long ago. Evil dictators would suffer under mountains of frogs, murderers and rapists would exhibit an unusually high rate of lightning strike related death, and the “righteous” would walk in the rain without umbrellas and never get a drop on them.

Earth to Michael Marcavage: It doesn’t work like that.

8 thoughts on “Bad Day New Orleans – An Act of God”

  1. Oh but it DOES work out.
    Bible Belt = Tornado Alley
    You see: Even their God wants them to shut up.

  2. I know, that irks me so much. It really doesn’t work like that. There are NO connections whatsoever.

  3. — I do not believe in God (as an entity) anyway, but I respect other believes and I’m really sorry if I do offence anyone, I never meant to.

    I thought God was supposed to be full of love and forgiveness… maybe was He in a bad day?
    Also, I always thought rain and wind were natural stuff… God is supposed to be powerful, right? So if He really wants to, He could “take away” everyone without using natural disasters, just by “wishing it” I suppose… Why would He deal with random natural disaster?
    Do you think Mr Marcavage holds his arm to the sky and thanks God when it’s sunny? Or does he feel special when he got a promotion (“It’s because I did something good that God offered that promotion, it’s not because I’ve made good work“)? Maybe does he just hope He’s thinking the same way he does? (Hum… frightening, isn’t it?)
    I think it’s unhealthy (ok, to be honest, I think it’s ******** dangerous) to use religion as a support to share some kind of personal convictions. Unfortunately, his words really sound this way to me.

    That’s awful what happened in New Orleans. I just hope the government will do something about that (but I don’t expect much: I recently heard some disappointing echoes from where I am)…

  4. Thinking that one knows the mind of God and then making comments like those found on Repent America not only give Christians like myself a bad rap but is itself a sin as far as I am concerned. Good for them that they have the right to make a fool of themselves in this country and live to tell about it. I hope they see their mistake and change their tune. I wont hold my breath.

    God lifted His protective hand for one reason or another as the evidence shows. Could it have been to test mans free will in how we would treat each other in this extreme situation? I don’t know, however who am I to put words in God’s mouth? Who are they?

  5. How about this… God gave people the knowledge to make radars, satellites and TV’s and let us broadcast across the world that a BIG STORM was coming.
    Some said ‘ZOINKS! I’m outta here!’ while other said “I been blowed before, I’ll be blowed again.’
    The results have been being broadcast ever since.

  6. Depends where you get your information on who God is.

    If you believe what God has said about Himself in the Bible, then He is a God of love and forgiveness, but also a God of judgement. If people do not accept His offer of love and forgiveness by believing in His Son, Jesus Christ, then only judgement remains as Jesus Himself says at the end of John chapter 3 (right after the “God so loved the world” passage).

    No one knows if God chose to destroy New Orleans or not, both sides of this argument are conjecture. God has always judged those who claim to be His people but are acting wickedly (i.e. Israel most of the time in the Old Testament) and those who outright reject Him and act wickedly (i.e. Sodom and Gomorrah). Sometimes bad things happen to good people for reasons unknown to people (i.e. Job). God does what He wants when He wants for His own reasons that He doesn’t have to explain to us.

    No one wants to hear about a God who judges because that means that all of us stand under judgement for our evil deeds (yes, every one of us) and the only way to avoid this is through believing in Jesus Christ.

    You will always get applause from people for bashing on the guy who brings up judgement, but you may find yourself to be completely wrong.

    I guess my main point is that if you don’t believe what God says about Himself in the Bible, you can make God out to whoever you want Him to be – this is called idolatry and its been happening since the dawn of time. If you want a God that is a nice Grandfather figure and never does anything to judge sin, then you can make Him out to be that. If you want Him to be all wrath all the time and always handing out punishment where it is deserved (except on yourself) and never having mercy, you can do that to – but neither is the real God. He is both, judging and merciful. That was shown through Jesus’ death on the cross, a sinless person becoming sin in our place and being judged for it so that God would have mercy and offer forgiveness to the entire world to those who will believe.

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