The Fury of a Hurricane

Everybody has watched and heard of, the horrible consequence of Katrina. What amazed me is the way politicians, and some musicians and actors, have used this time to promote their own political agendas. People are hurting. People need help, now. Instead of spending our passion, energy, and resources on helping, we’re seizing the moment for political means. It’s sickening. I’m sorry but I just don’t get it.

A friend, who has been trying to reach out to his neighbors and share Christ, recently had an exchange that is worth noting. His neighbors asked him how did he feel about his God after seeing what happened in New Orleans. It was a slam at my friend’s faith, and at God, whom they don’t believe in. That’s kind of funny don’t you think? I mean if you don’t believe in something, why give it the time to think, discuss, and even argue over? My friend asked for my input, and I told him this:

“What do I have to say about what ‘my’ God did in the Gulf?” First of all, I don’t believe “my God” (nor yours) did that in the Gulf. Actually, I believe God did His part early on. We prayed Sunday before last, that God would steer the storm away, or downgrade it. I know many millions of people were praying that way. Here’s a quote from a newspaper, as well as weather service:

“Devastating as Katrina was, it would have been far worse but for a puff of dry air that came out of the Midwest, weakening the hurricane just before it reached land and pushing it slightly to the east. The gust transformed a Category 5 monster into a less-threatening Category 4 storm, and pushed Katrina off its Big Easy-bound trajectory, sparing New Orleans a direct hit – though not horrendous harm.

‘It was kind of an amazing sequence of events,’ said Peter Black, a meteorologist at the Hurricane research Division of the federal government’s Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory….

By the time it reached land Monday, Katrina was no stronger than any of a dozen or more hurricanes that have hit the United States in the past century. Hurricane Camille had a substantially lower central pressure when it slammed into Mississippi in 1969. Hurricane Charley blasted the Sunshine State with higher winds when it came ashore near Tampa last year.”

So, (I’m not quoting anymore), tell your precious neighbors God did all he could – He turned it into a less than super storm and steered it east, because I believe, of the prayers of the many churches, like yours. People decided not to use the good brain God had given them, nor take the advice of the indigenous Indians of the area (to the French), and built a city beneath sea level. I’ve got a degree in engineering, but you don’t need one to know that’s a set-up for disaster and disaster finally came. The levees broke, the pumps didn’t work, the mayor didn’t get the people out of town in time (even with all of the school buses available), and the governor didn’t call in the National Guard when she could have. FEMA hasn’t responded like they should have and none of that has anything to do with God – Except… we humans did not use the brain He gave us.

So, for what it’s worth, that’s my answer.

Such was my answer. The question now is what are we going to do to help? I hope we all have found some way to give, and to support the relief efforts. We are collecting money to be used to re-establish the churches that have been devastated and to empower and equip the locals to help their communities. We believe this will be the best investment long-term for the area. We also have some homes and apartments ready for any who need to relocate in the process.

Please, let’s try to truly love our neighbors and not join the “stars” in their criticisms. The true stars will be the ones, like you, that put forth the effort to rescue the suffering and bring some comfort to their deep loss. God help us.

About Tim Holt

Founding pastor of Seacoast Vineyard Church, Myrtle Beach, SC. Retired January 2021. Pastor to surfers, friends, pastors, etc.
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