As of this writing hurricane IDA is forecast to crash into the New Orleans area tomorrow afternoon August 29. We are informed that this will happen to the day of the sixteenth anniversary of hurricane Katrina. Is this an example of divine judgment or simply a coincidence? Not so simple even if its a coincidence.
Consider the ramifications of hurricane Katrina. Apart from the destruction of personal property and the horrific stories of those who could not or would not evacuate sixteen years ago there are many stories of corruption and systemic negligence on the part of the authorities.
- School buses, which could have been used to evacuate thousands, were simply left parked in low lying areas where flood waters would insure government replacement without local expenditure. Meanwhile innocent folks suffered.
- Community personnel, who could have assisted with disaster relief, never appeared on the scene because they didn't exist. Names were placed on the roles of paid employees without any actual employees being hired. The money disappeared into the pockets of persons who were never charged with the crime of embezzlement. In government circles the act is simply labeled as misappropriation of funds. Thus no crime was committed even as innocent folks suffered.
Are these examples of divine judgment or simple human greed and folly?
According to the Bible, when God acts in judgment things change - permanently. There is no going back to the way things were - no restoration of the status quo.
What is your take on this natural event?
that's me, hollering from the choir loft...