Japan and Other Disasters

I don’t think I have ever witnessed (through the medium of television) anything worse than the earthquake and subsequent tsunami in northern Japan.  This is not to say that other, equally horrible, disasters have not taken place.  Speaking for myself, television and intrepid journalists have increased our awareness of such events almost to the saturation point of my emotional capacity.  I have been grieving along with the rest of the world over these events and the tragedy unfolding in the Arab nations.  It is almost too much to take in and process.

If the tragedies in themselves were not enough, now the religious pundits are taking advantage of them by telling us how they are God’s work of judgment and/or opportunity to further the cause of Christianity and I’m sick of it!  While it is true that we live in a broken world and that every instance of human suffering offers us an opportunity to respond with the compassion of Christ, I find such pontification nauseating and a work of ignorant speculation and arrogance.

Who dares to speak for God?! Who dares to step in and pronounce His judgment? The causes of earthquakes, eruptions, floods, fires, tsunamis, tornadoes and every other violent release of energy are well known. We live in a dangerous world and sometimes we make the mistake of compounding the danger by building homes and nuclear power plants in unsafe places.  Then, in the aftermath, when we have cleaned away the rubble and buried our loved ones, we do it again. God is not to blame for our foolishness!

Let us love those caught up in these events and do what we can to alleviate their agony…not add to it by ill-timed and insensitive conjecture based on ignorance at best and stupidity at worst.

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3 responses to “Japan and Other Disasters

  1. Spanish Inquisitor

    If the tragedies in themselves were not enough, now the religious pundits are taking advantage of them by telling us how they are God’s work of judgment and/or opportunity to further the cause of Christianity and I’m sick of it! While it is true that we live in a broken world and that every instance of human suffering offers us an opportunity to respond with the compassion of Christ, I find such pontification nauseating and a work of ignorant speculation and arrogance.

    So we DO have common ground!

    The causes of earthquakes, eruptions, floods, fires, tsunamis, tornadoes and every other violent release of energy are well known. We live in a dangerous world and sometimes we make the mistake of compounding the danger by building homes and nuclear power plants in unsafe places.

    Precisely, though in all fairness to the Japanese, they had a civilization and country dating back thousands of years, long before we understood the causes and explanations for natural catastrophes. Tectonic plates, fault lines and earthquakes were not fully understood until the latter half of the past century. So, Japan couldn’t just pack up and move away. They’ve done the best they could under the circumstances. Some things, like 15 minute tsunamis, just can’t be avoided on an island nation.

  2. dwhitsett

    In reference to your last paragraph, I fully agree. And, frequently, what else can one do than rebuild on the ruins? There may be no other place to go. Your job may require that you live on the floodplain, volcanic slope, at sea level, etc. Furthermore, no one could have been prepared for what the Japanese have experienced. God bless them…my heart goes out to them all!

  3. Dwight,
    I too am amazed and appalled at the actions of our news media. Better they would spend their money helping these people than reporting on their misery! What a world we live in. Those who are pronouncing God’s judgement on the people of Japan need to keep a sharp eye out over their shoulder. God’s judgement may be being visited on them (us). A nation so blessed by God (like Israel was) and yet throwing God aside and allowing filth to be broadcast, wholesale promoting of illicit sex, homosexuality as a “normal” or “natural” behavior, possessions being the goal or objective of our lives and on and on. We need to WAKE UP as a nation and start FIRING the legislators and executives that continue to allow a “falling away” and elect good people who understand a right relationship with the God of creation and His Son Jesus Christ of Nazareth and at least allow them to be taught as an alternate to creationism, humanism and the like. AND, we need to get on our knees and beg God’s forgiveness for our apathy with regard to the things we have allowed the ACLU to take away from us and for allowing the secret sins in our own lives. We need to REPENT as individuals and as a nation and appeal to the mercy of our merciful God so that his wrath might be turned away from us.

    Glenn Addison is a man who can and will help us move back in the right direction and has the courage to put his life and his good name on the line and run for office. Go to GlennAdison.com and see for yourself and promote him for United States Senator and pass his name on through your blog. It will take a groundswell of grass roots voters to put a man like Glenn into office but with God’s help we can make this happen. We need 100 Glenn Addison’s in our Senate to turn this country’s government around so please help us. Anyone who reads this blog, please help us. I have NEVER taken an active roll in helping a politician get elected either with my (God’s) money or my (God’s) time. I am compelled to do so now and still am not helping a politician. I am helping a good, no a GREAT man put himself in harms way to help bring this nation back to the core values and to the God that made, makes and will make this country a Great Nation again.

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