Lately, I have seen several posts stating that "God's Wrath caused Hurricane Harvey to destroy the city."
People, especially in times of natural disaster, presume to know the very heart of God and love to cast judgment on others in their time of suffering, pain, and vulnerability.
Right now, in Houston, there are millions of people in need. The Bible says, "if we see a brother in need and do not help him, then how can the love of God be in us." Are the same people who are declaring and decreeing "God's wrath" helping those in need? or are they just sitting, like Pharisees, in their "seats of honor" and looking down upon the hurting with a sense of self righteous pride.
The Bible says that Jesus came to save the world, not to condemn the world, and yet many people love to equate a storm, or an earthquake, or any man-killing natural disaster to the hand of Jesus.
In the Bible, whenever Jesus sent out his disciples from house to house, Jesus told them, "If anyone will not welcome you or listen to your words, leave that home or town and shake the dust off your feet."Luke 9:53-55
Jesus did not destroy the town, but simply told the disciples to "shake off the dust" and move on.
In another verse, Jesus and the disciples came upon a town that did not receive Him. The disciples asked Jesus "Lord, can we command fire to come down from Heaven and consume them, even as Elias did?
But, Jesus turned and rebuked them, and said, What spirit are you of? Matthew 10:14
There are many verses in the Old Testament that portray a God of Wrath and Judgement. However, I have met Jesus. WE are now under a new and better convenant, one in which we are told to "let mercy triumph over judgement."
We are under a covenant where we are told to love our enemies.
We are told to "help" those in need.
We are told to "love, even as He has loved us."
I do believe that Jesus hates sin. The Bible says that sin separates us from God. However, I believe that it is wrong to ascribe every natural disaster as the handiwork of God. Things happen. We live amonst the thorns. Ever studied weather? Heat and moisture in the ocean causes hurricanes.
Jesus is patient and loving toward us. He longs to bring us out of sin and transform our lives. Sometimes, natural disasters do bring people together in unexpected ways. Sometimes, it has to be really dark for our light to shine through.
I did see a lot of light through Hurricane Harvey. I saw the light of Jesus in the helping hands of volunteers. I saw the light of Jesus in the Cajun navy who fearlessly rescued those in danger of drowning. I saw the light of Jesus in those who clothed the naked, fed the hungry, and offered up their homes to those who needed a place to stay because their houses were under water.
I did not see the light of Jesus in those who just declared judgement and didn't lift a finger.