I’m gutted to read headlines such as Westboro Baptist Church Thanks God As Hurricane Sandy Pummels East Coast and Hurricane Sandy Blamed On Gays, Obama And Romney By Preacher John McTernan.
As Hurricane Sandy continues to attack the east cost of America it’s horrendous to hear of preachers pronouncing that this is God’s judgement on various groups of people. For me I can’t see how something that has taken at least 65 lives so far, and caused billions of dollars of damage would be something I would attribute as God’s judgement on the world.
But Shirley Phelps-Roper, daughter of Westboro pastor Fred Phelps, has tweeted to say:
“God sent the whirlwind. #ThankGodForRighteousJudgment”
John McTernan on his blog has said that Hurricane Sandy is linked to the Muslim Brotherhood:
“Obama is 100 percent behind the Muslim Brotherhood which has vowed to destroy Israel and take Jerusalem. Both candidates are pro-homosexual and are behind the homosexual agenda. America is under political judgment and the church does not know it!”
He also strongly implied that Hurricane Isaac and Hurricane Katrina were judgement on the LGBT communities:
“Just last August, Hurricane Isaac hit New Orleans seven years later, on the exact day of Hurricane Katrina. Both hit during the week of the homosexual event called Southern Decadence in New Orleans!”
He goes on to use some mathematics to suggest that this is God’s judgement linked to Israel and Palestine:
Hurricane Sandy is hitting 21 years to the day of the Perfect Storm of October 20, 1991. I write about this in my book as America Has Done to Israel. This was the day that President George Bush Sr. initiated the Madrid Peace Process to divide the land of Israel, including Jerusalem. America has been under God’s judgment since this event. Twenty-one years breaks down to 7 x 3, which is a significant number with God. Three is perfection as the Godhead is three in one while seven is perfection.
It appears that God gave America 21 years to repent of interfering with His prophetic plan for Israel; however, it has gotten worse under all the presidents and especially Obama.
I get worried when people pronounce God’s judgement on others because of a natural disaster. Father James Martin, a Jesuit priest, tweeted against people using the hurricane to promote their own agendas:
If any religious leaders say tomorrow that the hurricane is God’s punishment against some group they’re idiots. God’s ways are not our ways.