Did God send Katrina?
Some answers to that
question are found in the words of Jesus in Luke 13. It has to do with two
disasters that had just happened, taking lives and leaving many injured.
“Think you that they
were sinners above all men because they suffered such things? I tell you,
No, but except you repent [turn around] you shall all likewise
Was the devastating
swirl of this hurricane season because New Orleans was the US sin-capital?
Though its reputation is well known, several facts are provoked by this
question, such as: many innocents suffered, as well, and it wasn’t the only
place struck with destruction.
Let’s consider: Did God
No. You did! I did!
Don’t stop reading now.
After Jesus spoke the
above words, he gave the parable of the fig tree planted in a vineyard that
had not yielded fruit. He related the patience of the husbandman of the
vineyard and his request that the tree be given another year to prove
itself. Jesus said those who suffered hadn’t sinned more, but the disaster
was a signal to turn around wrong life-styles before the “perishing” hits.
We go on in our own
self-destroying ways, and treat God like a member of the coast guard or
security force that will come and get us out of any pit where we have
A scientific reason for
Katrina1 is the warming of earth’s waters caused by our life
style. The “good life” is bringing down the (real) good life. Will the next
generation rise up and call us murderers?
Others have cited
Israel’s upheavals that parallel and reflect our own. When God said He will
bless or curse according to our treatment of His people, He wasn’t kidding,
Moshe Kempinski in
Jerusalem writes on a verse in Isaiah 45:7 wherein G-d says; “I form
the light, and create darkness; I make peace, and create evil; I am HaShem,
that doeth all these things.” These words carry deep truth for
our time. All that occurs in this world has the potential to draw us deeper
into our connection to the Divine. In the midst of the challenges and
traumas that we have all experienced, we need to realize that the Jewish
people are now heavily in the process of being changed.
We Americans can add,
“So are we”. -
father taught me, “The Bible and true science don’t clash.”