I woke last night to the sound of hail. According to Gordon Howie, Aberdeen must have sinned:
Grapefruit sized hail battered parts of Western South Dakota. Wind storms have taken grain bins and buildings. Tornados and flash floods have caused significant damage.
Does it make you wonder what is going on?
The God I know and serve is a loving God. He also has a history of dealing harshly with those who refuse His love and reject His principles. If you don’t think so, you should re-read the Bible. Both the Old Testament and the New have documentation of the wrath of God.
At the very least, it wouldn’t hurt for us to look around and examine the way we live [Gordon Howie, “Is God Mad?” The Right Side, 2015.06.21].
New Orleans, Haiti, now South Dakota… come on, Pat—er, Gordon! Blaming adverse natural phenomena on angry supernatural beings is primitivist bushwa. Humans have had a tendency to project their childhood fears on the vast unknown since prehistoric times. Unlike our remote ancestors, Howie doesn’t have the excuse of not knowing the science behind weather to leave a vacuum into which he may pour his fears that the Father will come home to the cave or hut and find his children broke the gourds.
Howie’s hail hypothesis also mocks his own God as an arbitrary, capricious being. For an omnipotent being, surely capable of accessing advanced targeting technology, Yahweh is a poor marksman. I more explicitly refuse God’s love and reject more of his principles than most of the South Dakotans who’ve gotten hailed, tornadoed, or flooded in the past month, and last night’s spotty hail didn’t break any of my windows or dent my car (which is sheltered now in the garage of our newly acquired house! Whoo-hoo! Blessings of Prosperity Gospel without a single prayer or tithe to Joel Osteen!). God’s wasting ammo on the Black Hills when he could be decimating ISIS.
And if we are all sinners, and if sin really provoked bad weather, then we ought to expect another Noachian flood, not these isolated little tempests erasing tiny prairie towns. Of course, even the Pope will tell you that flood is more likely to come from human action than divine grouchiness.
Weather happens. Rain falls on the just and the unjust. Warning people to get right with God lest earthly disaster befall them is a cheap trick that reflects childish fears and medicine-show chicanery, not solid Christian theology.