The Hurricane in Texas

September 01, 2017 0 Comments

The devastation from Hurricane Harvey in Texas was horrific. I heard yesterday that over a hundred thousand homes have been destroyed by the flood waters, and these families have lost everything. It ought to be the prayer of every Christian in America that God's grace and comfort might be felt by these people in this hour of grief and loss.

As usual, there are those who attempt to "play God" and assume the role of attributing this storm to some kind of "judgment". Such thinking is cruel, and it is the last thing these poor people need right now. It bothers me when television evangelists say the Lord is judging America for its sins. How do they know that for sure? God was not "out to get" the people of Texas as some form of punishment. One liberal newscaster even suggested that this hurricane was "karma" because Texas voted for Trump in the last election. All this wild speculation is ridiculous and an insult to our intelligence.

There will come a time when God judges this world with earthquakes and tidal waves (see Luke 21:25), but that period of time is called the Tribulation Period, and God Himself will make sure everybody on earth knows it is a judgment. Until then, we do best to keep our mouths shut.

When I was in Bible college years ago, I learned a valuable lesson: if you can't find clear teaching in the Bible to back up your statement, then don't say it. Oh what damage is done to the cause of Christ by people who make wild guesses and foolish predictions!

Right now we ought to focus on the good things that God is doing in the aftermath of this storm. Thousands are being rescued from death, and are just happy to know their life has been spared. The kindness and good will of average people in donating their energies and efforts to this need is inspirational. The opportunities Christian families have to give their testimonies of God's grace are phenomenal. Tragedies like this have a way of bringing people together, of uniting us in a common cause.

To all of you suffering in Texas we say: our prayers are with you--God will get you through this--His grace is sufficient.

Richard Seefried
Harrisonburg, VA
Richard Seefried has a Master’s Degree in Christian Ministry, and is licensed & certified by the NCCA as a clinical pastoral counselor.