I’m angry. I’m angry that there are folks in Oklahoma who are trying to piece together the remnants of their lives, more than likely by faith, while “theologians” proffer that it was God who turned their lives into a living hell.
I’m angry that folks who, ostensibly, are “Bible Scholars,” offer zero comfort to those who have lost parents, children, siblings, grandparents, cousins, uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews, friends, neighbors, businesses, and, yes, even churches in the wake of one of the greatest tragedies in recent history.
All they can say is “The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away…”
In essence, let’s blame God and say, “…we cannot understand His ways…”
This is one of the most tired lines of bovine effluvia (look it up) in the history of the august institution we commonly refer to as “church.” It’s poison. And it has to stop.
Consider the following:
1. If it steals from you, kills you, or destroys you, it ain’t God (John 10:10).
2. satan is called the “prince of the power of the air” (Ephesians 2:2) and has power to use the weather.
3. When Jesus calmed the storm in Mark 4, He could not have calmed a storm the Father caused. That would make him double-minded.
4. Every good gift comes from God (James 1:17). Tornados are not good gifts!
5. When Job said “the Lord gives and the Lord takes away” (Job 1:21) he was a) not in his right mind (just lost his family) and, b) completely unaware that it was satan who stole from him.
6. Isaiah 53:5 said “the chastisement of our peace was upon Him (Jesus).” This means the punishment intended for us was borne by Jesus. If God is still punishing folks in the earth, Jesus’ sacrifice was for naught.
7. The Bible says, ” many are the afflictions of the righteous” but it also says “God delivers them from them all.” It says BOTH of these in the same verse, Psalm 34:19. God doesn’t have to deliver you from anything He, Himself, places you into!
8. God used natural disasters in under the Old Covenant; He did not use any under the dispensation of grace.
9. We not only CAN understand the will of the Lord, we are UNWISE if we fail to (Ephesians 5:17). So, what is the will of God? That we be saved, delivered, healed, and prospered.
10. The chastisement of the Lord for the child of God is the Word of God (2 Timothy 3:16) – not disaster, calamity, plague, or poverty.
God is the SOLUTION to our problems, not the SOURCE! Proclaiming He is the source of trouble is tantamount to preaching “another gospel” (Galatians 1:8-9); indeed, that is about as far from “good news” as you can get!
© 2013 – Derrick Day (www.derrickday.com)