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The Spiritual Implications Of Katrina

Rick Joyner of MorningStar Ministries in North Carolina has posted two Special Bulletins recently on the impact and aftermath of Hurricane Katrina that hit New Orleans and the Gulf Coast.

They're available at MorningStar Special Bulletins page.

By far the most interesting statement is this quote:
The most common question I have been asked about this tragedy is, “Is this storm judgment from God?” Without question the answer to this is “yes”...
I think he's correct; I feel that Katrina is God's judgement especially on New Orleans, but also that it's meant for good, not bad. The city seriously needed to be cleaned up by a good bath, and now that this has happened, it can start moving again in a different direction, into the purposes for which it was built.

Is there going to be judgement upon Sweden? I sometimes feel that this nation is in the last breath of God's grace. Judgement has already come upon us in the form of floods, Estonia that sank, and others. Will it ever become as bad as Katrina? Unless Sweden changes course, probably. If so, at least take heart, because that shows us that God still cares about us. It would be much worse if the He didn't judge.


At 9:25 PM, Anonymous M Breskic said...

Is it really relevant whether it is God's judgement or not? He is almighty and he has the power to stop or not to stop such disasters from happening, but what is relevant is our call to be compassionate and to act on that compassion. Not all people can give practical help or even money, but we can give what we have in our hearts and pray knowing that it could have happened to us.

God is less interested in judgement than many Christians think. When Abraham prayed for Sodom, God in the end agreed not to have Sodom destroyed if ten righteous could be found among the city's inhabitants. God warned, Abraham prayed and in the end Sodom was no more as there were no righteous there to be found.

Then we have Jonah and the city of Nineveh – what a prophet! He finally completed his mission to preach doom over the big city but he was unexpectedly successful and the people repented. God saved Nineve in the end and when Jona complained that the judgement he went through such trouble to preach was cancelled, God explained that He has compassion not only with all those people, but with their animals too.

Did God warn New Orleans? Did the righteous follow Abrahams example and pray for the city? Were there less than ten righteous?

It takes a lot before God decides to let his judgement fall.

It is important to remember that disasters are not always a result of judgement. The Estonia disaster included a Bible school.

To Christians it must always be more important to find the solution to a problem than to ask why it happened.

Our little daughter suffered from a bad cold this week. When we realised we had to take her to a doctor a third time the same week, we both started crying. Not because there was anything seriously wrong with her but it hurt so badly to have to put her through yet another doctor's examination which she hates. Then imagine the horror of being a parent in New Orleans or any other disaster area eg in Africa.

Disaster struck (again). How can we help?


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