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Scoot Blog: Tornados and disasters - do you blame God?

At a very young and impressionable age we all learned to fear tornados from watching “The Wizard of Oz!”  The massive tornado that recently hit a suburb of Oklahoma City was a stark reminder that the nightmares of fantasies can come very true.

In the New Orleans area, our most common fear is hurricanes, but we also have the violent weather that can produce tornados. When you experience a devastating weather event, you are forced to deal with the immediate chaos of your disrupted world. But when people see the destruction that results from a disaster, like the recent tornado in Oklahoma, it is easy to have a philosophical perspective and simply wonder, “why?”

TV evangelist and Christian leader Pat Robertson has blamed tornados and hurricanes on people not praying enough or the growing acceptance of homosexuality. Essentially, Robertson believes these catastrophic events are punishments from God.

I do not believe that tornados, hurricanes and other natural disasters are punishment from God.  God created a beautiful planet that sometimes produces devastation.  It’s argued that global warming and man-made changes to the environment are increasing the frequency of natural disasters, but these violent events are natural and have been part of this planet long before there was any controversy over America’s social or political issues.

On my show, I often talk about how it is human nature to seek answers to problems.  And, it’s easy to blame a disaster on something concrete, like America’s political or social landscape, but that proves to be a meaningless exercise. Sure, we want answers to everything, but sometimes we have to admit – there are not always answers.  I understand that is not a comforting realization, because it reminds us that we are not in control of everything, but it is reality.

We cannot control the challenges we face in our lives, whether a natural disaster or the devastation of personal disruptions, but we can control how we deal with the challenges we will certainly face.

Pat Robertson and those who blame natural disasters on what they see as mankind’s faults seem to suggest that they, as humans, know how God thinks and why God does the things He does.  That’s just another example of how some people think they are in control – not God?

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Locations : New OrleansOklahomaOklahoma City
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05/29/2013 7:52PM
Scoot Blog: Tornados and disasters - do you blame God?
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05/29/2013 9:05PM
God wants to connect with people
Scoot, I first heard you when I was a student at EJ and you and Captain Humble did the morning announcements in 1972 or 1973. If connecting with God is the most important thing in this life, would a loving God, no matter how painful the price might be for him (or for us!), want to get our attention? Many people allow all kinds of things and relationships to get between us and God. God allows, and I would be bold enough to say sends, painful events like tornadoes and hurricanes to get our attention. I was in the NO airport the Friday after Katrina. Lots of folks were talking about God who had not thought of him much in the months (or even years) before the storm. I offered to pray with 50 individuals or groups that day - no turned me down. Walter Hackney
05/31/2013 7:06AM
No. I blame nature...
There is no God.
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