My Sermon for today
Over the last few days we have heard certain "Christians" saying that the hurricane was proof that God had removed his hand of protection from a) the US and b) New Orleans for allowing sin to run rampant in our cities. Jihadists are saying that the hurricane was Allah's punishment on us for our wickeness. Now there is no way that I am going to presume to speak for God, because I have seen what he has done in the past to people who presume to speak in His name and do not speak His truth. However, what I will do is, through the words He has given us in His book (the Bible), try to answer those who say that this is God's punishment on a wicked America....
God has indeed shown us what he will do to wicked cities, as he did with Sodom and Gomorrah, however, when God did choose to punish these wicked cities He also allowed the righteous (Lot and his family) escape the punishment (Gen 19). However this hurricane hit good people just as hard as it hit those who are wicked. Jesus tells his followers (in John16:33) "in this world you will have trouble but take heart, for I have overcome the world!", so how can we definatively say that this is God's punishment when we know that trouble will come to all? After all, Jesus (in one of his many parables) says in Luke 11:11 "If a son asks for bread from his father, would he give the child a stone? or if he asks for a fish, will he be given a serpent? or if he asks for an egg be instead given a scorpion? If you then who are wicked know how to give good things to your children: how much more will your Heavenly Father (who is good) give to those who ask him?"
To those that would judge, I would like to respectfully remind them of what Jesus said in Matthew 7:1 - "Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way that you judge others, you will be judged!" Instead of looking to God's word for judgement, how about we turn to it for hope and instruction on how to move forward. Psalms 38:15 says "For in you, O Lord, do I hope; you will hear me, O God." and Psalms 41:1 says "Blessed is he who has regard for the weak, for the Lord delivers him in time of trouble".