Pulled from Relevant Magazine’s newsletter:
In a speech on Martin Luther King Jr. day, New Orleans’ Mayor Ray Nagin said that this last year’s hurricanes were a sign that “God is mad at America” for community violence and the war in Iraq. At least it wasn’t Pat Robertson who said it this time…
God mad? Quite possibly. I’m not going to declare it, but I’m not going to say it’s impossible either…despite Relevant’s commentary that would suggest otherwise. God does still get mad. Remember, he’s the same God as the one you read about in the Old Testament. He poured out his wrath then and he still does. And he will to the ultimate extreme when the fullness of time has come.
Jesus seems to be the wildcard that causes people to think God has abandoned the “just” part of his character. But when Christ returns with fire in his eyes, riding a white horse, I think we’ll be reassured of God’s justice.
Sadly, prophets have been saying the country needs to repent for years. Not that mainstream America, or even mainstream church-goers in general, give ear to prophets…
God mad about community violence? Certainly. War in Iraq? Maybe.
Mr. Nagin: You didn’t stop there, did you?
Full article on Nagin’s speech can be read here: New Orleans Mayor Says God Mad at U.S.