It is an act of God. We are fooling ourselves if we blame the loss of the
wetlands for the degree of devastation. Katrina remained a hurricane 10 hours after landfall. The eye
itself was 35 miles diameter. The storm was a formidable, highly dangerous,
horrific category 4 hurricane ~200 miles wide. It is ridiculous to blame the
president or anyone else. This was the storm everyone had discussed with
dread for years. It had the destructive power of multiple nuclear bombs.
Historically, storms of that magnitude have basically been once in a
lifetime events. No one could stand in its way,
no one except God.
Amos 3: 6 When a trumpet sounds in a city, do
not the people tremble? When disaster comes to a city, has not the LORD
Jeremiah 18: 15 Yet my people have forgotten me;
they burn incense to worthless idols, which made them stumble in their ways
and in the ancient paths . They made them walk in bypaths and on roads not
built up. 16 Their land will be laid waste, an object of lasting scorn; all
who pass by will be appalled and will shake their heads. 17 Like a wind from
the east, I will scatter them before their enemies; I will show them my back
and not my face in the day of their disaster."
"If God is for us, who could be against us?"
This quote was spoken one day after hurricane Katrina struck the city of New
Orleans by a Catholic priest in a prayer service called by the governor of
These may be comforting words. So true, although only partially quoting
Romans 8:31. Perhaps it was not
quite accurate in this setting, though. Reading verses in context clearly
indicates the quote pertains to Christians who have been chosen by God, not
In this context, however, we assume this pertains to us when, sad to say, it
may have only pertained to a very few. Is God really for us? Why should He
We have turned our backs on Him. We try to kick Him out of our schools and
government. Our churches ignore the clear teaching from the Bible. We have
clergy speaking 'peace and safety' (1
Thessalonians 5:3) when the truth is anything but. We
worship ourselves and care only for personal prosperity and comfort. God is
ignored or dismissed. We love sin.
We pride ourselves in our greatness even
though that attribute has long since passed. Our arrogance and pride spits
at God. We see people hurt and killed resulting from the greatest natural disaster
ever to hit America.
Let us ask the unthinkable question. Could this be judgment from God?
In a word, yes.
It isn't that simple, though. Even though the next weekend was designated as
"Southern Decadence XXXV" or known as the "Gay
Mardi Gras" (August 30- September 4) was this judgment? Even without that, New Orleans was known for its sinful
pleasures (but also for other things such as great food). Even though Biloxi,
MS was known as a haven for gambling, surely God wouldn't have judged these
areas through Katrina and the aftermath. Although this could be seen more as
an example of the Tower of Siloam, perhaps this hurricane was directed
specifically to these areas, maybe? Were they more sinful than the
rest of us? No.
Today, the idea this could be judgment is forbidden.
At the time
of our founders, it would have been accepted.
Thomas Jefferson wrote in 1781:
God who gave us life gave us liberty. And can the
liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm
basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are of
the Gift of God? That they are not to be violated but with His wrath?
Indeed, I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just that His
justice cannot sleep forever.
George Washington wrote in his 1789
The propitious smiles of Heaven can never be
expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right
which Heaven itself has ordained.
George Mason (known as the father of our
Bill of Rights) wrote in 1787:
Every master of slaves
(similar to the abortion
‘issue’ today) is born a petty tyrant. They bring the judgement of heaven
upon a country. As nations cannot be rewarded or punished in the next world,
they must be in this. By an inevitable chain of causes and effects,
Providence punishes national sins, by national calamities.
God's judgment (chastisement) should be expected when we trust in
men and not God. God wants, and deserves, preeminence. If God loves us, and
He says He does...
John 3: 16 " For God so loved the world that he
gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but
have eternal life.
and shows us through His creation and other ways, he wants no one to perish
but all to receive everlasting life. We read that man's heart is inherently
evil. None of us deserve salvation, no not one.
Romans 3:10 As it is written: "There is no one righteous, not even one; 11
there is no one who understands, no one who seeks God.
But God wants each of us to repent and turn to Christ. We would never choose
to do that unless He draws us to Him. If He loves us, God will draw us to
Romans 8: 28 And we know that in all things God
works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to
his purpose. 29 For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed
to the likeness of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many
brothers. 30 And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he
also justified; those he justified, he also glorified.
How can this be accomplished when we refuse to seek Him? By pain and
suffering causing us to fall on our knees and beg His forgiveness.
Leviticus 26: 14 "`But if you will not listen to
me and carry out all these commands, 15 and if you reject my decrees and
abhor my laws and fail to carry out all my commands and so violate my
covenant, 16 then I will do this to you: I will bring upon you sudden
terror, wasting diseases and fever that will destroy your sight and drain
away your life. You will plant seed in vain, because your enemies will eat
it. 17 I will set my face against you so that you will be defeated by your
enemies; those who hate you will rule over you, and you will flee even when
no one is pursuing you. 18 "`If after all this you will not listen to me, I
will punish you for your sins seven times over. 19 I will break down your
stubborn pride and make the sky above you like iron and the ground beneath
you like bronze... 40 "`But if they will confess their sins and the sins of
their fathers--their treachery against me and their hostility toward me, 41
which made me hostile toward them so that I sent them into the land of their
enemies--then when their uncircumcised hearts are humbled and they pay for
their sin, 42 I will remember my covenant with Jacob and my covenant with
Isaac and my covenant with Abraham, and I will remember the land.
Without this form of chastisement as was seen with Israel, we would be left
to our own sins and we foolishly see no reason to repent. Therefore, God
would not love us if He did not judge us. If God wants some to be saved,
which He does, we must expect this. This works to our favor.
There is one other way to accomplish the same salvation. It is by the Holy
Spirit working on the hearts of men through the biblical preaching of the fear
of God and the coming final wrath of God. The churches must be about warning all
of the coming judgment, both warning of the present chastisement as well as
the final judgment. Only then will we understand the depth of His love for
us as we see our desperately fallen nature. His love for us continues despite our
Unfortunately, this is not occurring. We will feel additional events and
circumstances causing pain and suffering since the pulpits refuse to follow
the direction of the scriptures and the historical evidence seen in the past
Great Awakening and other times of revival. We are doomed to His judgment
because the American 'Christians' will not do what God expects us to do, warning of the future judgment.
We have condemned ourselves to experience more of God's chastisement. It
could be another hurricane, more terrorist attacks, possibly including
'Christians' foolishly cheer when a nominee of President
Bush for the Supreme Court refuses to stand unabashedly for ending abortion
and we dare to endorse him and worse, lobby for his confirmation. Wasn't the
overriding reason Christians voted for this president and filled both houses
with Republicans to clean the courts? We could have chosen better with
Peroutka of the Constitution Party. We deserve judgment.
Is judgment increasing? Of course.
Check out the cost of gasoline/oil. This
will affect the cost of virtually everything. Katrina has grabbed hundreds
of billions of dollars, easily being the costliest natural disaster in our
nation's history. This disaster may be the costliest in the
number of lives damaged and lost. This follows only a few years after the
September 11 attack that cost our nation many lives and untold tax costs for
'security' against terrorism. It is more costly than any previous attack on our
country in lives, freedoms lost and dollars.
Our freedoms have been systematically truncated in the name of security. It
is seen all around us now. We have increasing problems with drugs, alcohol,
crime, corporate greed, judicial tyranny, increasing governmental
oppression, and natural disasters including record forest fires. We
danger for our children just going to school and from sexual predators.
Matthew 24: 12 Because of the increase of
wickedness, the love of most will grow cold,
We find judgment in the New Orleans disaster.
Of great hindrance
in rescuing those trapped in flooding waters were the criminals in their
lust of great evil. This simply would not have occurred 50 years ago. Nearly
all would have helped their neighbor. There would not have been so many of
the bad guys. Instead, we find some of the young men leaving elderly family members
behind as they high tailed it out, concerned with only themselves. Nursing
home patients were abandoned.
We see the Robert's hearings as a microcosm of our fallen nature
and the great offense to Almighty God, abortion. We deserve judgment. We see the
great divide is a moral issue, abortion. Our government is spending
countless dollars and effort trying to deal with sin. It isn't trade with
Europe or military action. It is the
killing of unborn babies that our Senators
are concerned about. How much lower must we go? We clearly spill innocent
blood. We deserve judgment.
It is clear that abortion matters to God Himself. He will hold us
accountable for every one of the 40,000,000 or so individuals sacrificed to
the god of convenience since our nation has, as Judge Roberts has often put
it, made Roe the "settled law of the land". We now have to account to God
for accepting such a nominee.
Deuteronomy 19: 13 Show him no pity. You must
purge from Israel the guilt of shedding innocent blood, so that it may go
well with you.
Isaiah 59: 7 Their feet rush into sin; they are swift to
blood. Their thoughts are evil thoughts; ruin and destruction mark their
Proverbs 6: 16 There are six things the LORD hates, seven that are
detestable to him: 17 haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that
blood , 18 a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are quick to rush
into evil, 19 a false witness who pours out lies and a man who stirs up
dissension among brothers.
2 Kings 24: 3 Surely these things happened to Judah according to the LORD's
command, in order to remove them from his presence because of the sins of
Manasseh and all he had done, 4 including the
shedding of innocent blood. For he had filled
Jerusalem with innocent blood, and the LORD was not willing to forgive.
We will want to fall on our knees at some time. All shall bow. Wouldn't it
be better to have this occur before we have been driven through pain to this
point? What God asks of us is not too great.
Isaiah 45: 23 By myself I have sworn, my mouth
has uttered in all integrity a word that will not be revoked: Before me
every knee will bow; by me every tongue will swear. 24 They will say of me,
`In the LORD alone are righteousness and strength.'" All who have raged
against him will come to him and be put to shame.
Hurricane Katrina as Judgment and
Confusion seen in the Governmental Response
Let us be free of confusion. Because of our government, hundreds, possibly
thousands of additional people died. These were mothers, fathers, brothers
and sisters. Our government killed many. Many individual governmental
employees tried their best and should be commended. Yes, many are heroes!
Yet, our government killed many. People wanting to help were turned away by
'authorities' of government who pretended to have the situation under
control. Our government did kill many citizens
Deuteronomy 28:20 The LORD will send on you
curses, confusion and rebuke in everything you put your hand to, until you
are destroyed and come to sudden ruin because of the evil you have done in
We see the impotence and confusion of the government. We heard rhetoric from government
'officials' who are anything but official. We have abandoned reason,
yielding to the supposed learned knowledge of those in the government.
Ultimately, we are at fault as their position in the government is because of
our voting and our lack of diligence. As we have now seen, neighbors die
because of the government's incompetence and our foolish dependence on such
a fractured system.
Some more examples:
-poor planning prior to such a storm, as dollars were allocated to projects
that either were not useful (such as huge amounts of money in updating communication
equipment for first responders that did not work)
- floodgates planned by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in the 1960's for
protection of the levees were
defeated by an environmentalist group, "Save Our Wetlands" in a lawsuit that
lost track of who needed protection the most, the poor in New Orleans
- the local government did not act appropriately.
The city failed. The state failed. The
federal government failed. No one to save the people.
- But...it was
a storm of biblical proportions.
At the same time the 'leaders' were failing to act, they were actively
stopping others from acting. They turned away people offering to help. They
stood in the way of folks who would help.
While people were drowning in their attics, the government told people with
boats not to show up. While the governmental rescue teams stopped rescues
due to snipers and disgusting violence, others were not welcome and more
citizens died. When anyone with even a half a will could get food and drink to
the places of refuge (the Superdome and the Convention Center) that became
places of death, rape and violence, the government stood in the way and
Is this judgment? Of course. The government we now have is judgment on we
who allowed it to get to the condition it is in. We now have hundreds of
criminals who escaped during the storm including sex offenders, who are now free to do more harm, rape
and murder. Our failed court system also allows their release over and over to harm and kill
victims. Judgment on us again. Many of those who looted (~3000) and fired on
rescuers have been jailed before. Liberal thinking and early release also
caused deaths! It could have been some of your family members. Judgment.
What about the soldiers who were deployed to the city? They were in danger
in Iraq. The enemy wanted to kill them because of their commitment and love
of this country. They came home only to be fired upon by criminals. The best
of us were put in danger of the worst of us. The soldiers ask themselves, just who are they
risking their own lives oversea to protect? The American way of life? To protect
our country of people like that? This is the epitome of injustice.
As the state of Louisiana Attorney General charges the owners of the St.
Regis Nursing home in St. Bernard parish for negligent homicide for the 34
deaths why isn't he charging the mayor, governor and others? It was a storm
of biblical proportions. As long as we have a legal system seeking others to
blame, we will continue to deny the truth. It was sad. It was an "Act of
God", as insurance forms put it.
So, what is the answer?
First, we must repent of our sins. We are at high risk for additional pain,
suffering and death. More judgment, unless we repent.
The government should have joined hands with all
those willing to help. There
should have been a call, as would have occurred years ago, for all
able-bodied men, those with boats and those with guns to help.
could have deputized a rider on each boat, overwhelm the city, parish by
parish, street by street, by many boats. This could be organized by the leaders of each parish and
good guys would then greatly
outnumber the bad guys. There are many such individuals in the bayous of
Louisiana and elsewhere within a few hours drive. Many would be thrilled to help. Lives would have
been saved. The bad guys would have disappeared under the rock they came
This principle was proven by one of the hardest hit parishes, St. Bernard parish. Even
though there was an initial loss of life by the storm surge from a horrific storm,
within two days all who could be saved were. Henry "Junior" Rodriguez, the
St. Bernard Parish President, didn't wait on the 'authorities'. He gathered
up folks to do what they could. They saved many.
Instead, in New
Orleans, most waited for the government. The mayor and governor waited for
the feds. The feds were waiting on 'appropriate' permission. The bureaucracy
killed many. Our government, with a voracious appetite for our hard-earned
money, once again didn't know what to do. We now have calls for donations to
various relief organizations yet we are also taxed to feed hurricane relief
such as it is, at least $100 billion and probably twice that. We are again
judged financially with little to show for it and some other similarly
devastated gulf coast areas are ignored.
The church groups? They are helping where help is needed.
Is this a role for the federal government to give relief? Our founders would
not have agreed. They recognized the need for limited government involvement
and no federal role. Troubles,
as they arose at that time, were recognized as something for the church and
individuals to deal with but there was no governmental bail out.
As Christians, we want to give to our fellow citizens in the name of Christ
so that He gets the glory He deserves. The decision making process of who
needs the funds or other aid is in the hands of caring folks who are willing
Can you imagine how much extra money we could each donate if the
taxes were limited to funding the minimal legitimate role of the government
as seen by the founders? This would free up individual's money so that it
could be used efficiently and appropriately. The church was mandated to do
just this by God.
Mark 9: 41 I tell you the truth, anyone who
gives you a cup of water in my name because you belong to Christ will
certainly not lose his reward.
We have no business supporting the government usurping the
church's (and even other benevolent groups) role. This is seen with an exchange of
Davy Crockett as he was campaigning.
|One day in the House of Representatives a bill was taken up
appropriating money for the benefit of a widow of a
distinguished naval officer. Several beautiful speeches had been
made in its support. The speaker was just about to put the
question when Crockett arose:
"Mr. Speaker--I have as much respect for the memory of the
deceased, and as much sympathy for the suffering of the living,
if there be, as any man in this House, but we must not permit
our respect for the dead or our sympathy for part of the living
to lead us into an act of injustice to the balance of the
living. I will not go into an argument to prove that Congress
has not the power to appropriate this money as an act of
charity. Every member on this floor knows it.
We have the right as individuals, to give away as much of our
own money as we please in charity; but as members of Congress we
have no right to appropriate a dollar of the public money. Some
eloquent appeals have been made to us upon the ground that it is
a debt due the deceased. Mr. Speaker, the deceased lived long
after the close of the war; he was in office to the day of his
death, and I ever heard that the government was in arrears to
"Every man in this House knows it is not a debt. We cannot
without the grossest corruption, appropriate this money as the
payment of a debt. We have not the semblance of authority to
appropriate it as charity. Mr. Speaker, I have said we have the
right to give as much money of our own as we please."
He took his seat. Nobody replied. The bill was put upon its
passage, and, instead of passing unanimously, as was generally
supposed, and as, no doubt, it would, but for that speech, it
received but few votes, and, of course, was lost.
Crockett was remembering a discussion with Horatio Bunce, a
farmer who Crockett came upon while campaigning for office. Mr.
Bunce told Crockett in no uncertain terms that he would never
vote for him again. When inquiries were made as to the reason,
Bunce explained that Crockett and others had appropriated
$20,000 for families of Georgetown whose homes were destroyed in
a large fire, many losing everything they had.
Crockett replied: "Well my friend; I may as well own up. You
have got me there. But certainly nobody will complain that a
great and rich country like ours should give the insignificant
sum of $20,000 to relieve its suffering women and children,
particularly with a full and overflowing treasury, and I am
sure, if you had been there, you would have done just the same
as I did.'
"It is not the amount, Colonel, that I complain of; it is the
principle. In the first place, the government ought to have in
the Treasury no more than enough for its legitimate purposes.
But that has nothing with the question. The power of collecting
and disbursing money at pleasure is the most dangerous power
that can be entrusted to man, particularly under our system of
collecting revenue by a tariff, which reaches every man in the
country, no matter how poor he may be, and the poorer he is the
more he pays in proportion to his means.
What is worse, it presses upon him without his knowledge where
the weight centers, for there is not a man in the United States
who can ever guess how much he pays to the government. So you
see, that while you are contributing to relieve one, you are
drawing it from thousands who are even worse off than he.
If you had the right to give anything, the amount was simply a
matter of discretion with you, and you had as much right to give
$20,000,000 as $20,000. If you have the right to give at all;
and as the Constitution neither defines charity nor stipulates
the amount, you are at liberty to give to any and everything
which you may believe, or profess to believe, is a charity and
to any amount you may think proper. You will very easily
perceive what a wide door this would open for fraud and
corruption and favoritism, on the one hand, and for robbing the
people on the other. 'No, Colonel, Congress has no right to give
...'The people have delegated to Congress, by the Constitution,
the power to do certain things. To do these, it is authorized to
collect and pay moneys, and for nothing else. Everything beyond
this is usurpation, and a violation of the Constitution.'
Crockett shortly afterward gave a political speech, attesting to
"Fellow-citizens - I present myself before you today feeling
like a new man. My eyes have lately been opened to truths which
ignorance or prejudice or both, had heretofore hidden from my
view. I feel that I can today offer you the ability to render
you more valuable service than I have ever been able to render
before. I am here today more for the purpose of acknowledging my
error than to seek your votes. That I should make this
acknowledgment is due to myself as well as to you. Whether you
will vote for me is a matter for your consideration only."
"I went on to tell them about the fire and my vote for the
appropriation and then told them why I was satisfied it was
wrong. I closed by saying:
"And now, fellow-citizens, it remains only for me to tell you
that the most of the speech you have listened to with so much
interest was simply a repetition of the arguments by which your
neighbor, Mr. Bunce, convinced me of my error.
"It is the best speech I ever made in my life, but he is
entitled to the credit for it. And now I hope he is satisfied
with his convert and that he will get up here and tell you so."
The people of New Orleans who were left behind had largely lost self
sufficiency over the years, the results of years of entitlement spending.
This had made them (and even ourselves!) expect governmental salvation. The
government made them more dependent on the government and this lack of
independence added to their failure to leave the city as they trusted the
The people were ordered to leave their properties by the same 'authorities'
who failed to protect them. Some undoubtedly had ample supplies to stay and
wisdom enough to avoid contamination yet the 'authorities' claimed the power
to force such an evacuation. They have no such constitutional power. Their
power is assumed as people become complacent. Sure, it probably would be a
wise move to get out of town, the government, while previously blocking
rescuers out, now blocks citizens out. This is, of course, unless you are an
'official', such as Rep. Jackson. They forgot that they were really 'civil
servants' of the people as they receive special consideration at the cost of
those fighting for their lives.
Jeremiah 22:1 This is what the LORD says: "Go
down to the palace of the king of Judah and proclaim this message there: 2
`Hear the word of the LORD, O king of Judah, you who sit on David's
throne--you, your officials and your people who come through these gates. 3
This is what the LORD says: Do what is just and right. Rescue from the hand
of his oppressor the one who has been robbed. Do no wrong or violence to the
alien, the fatherless or the widow, and do not shed innocent blood in this
place. 4 For if you are careful to carry out these commands, then kings who
sit on David's throne will come through the gates of this palace, riding in
chariots and on horses, accompanied by their officials and their people. 5
But if you do not obey these commands, declares the LORD, I swear by myself
that this palace will become a ruin.'"
So, now, ask yourself. Are God's commands so horrible that we shouldn't
repent? We are running out of time.
Psalms 119: 52 I remember your ancient laws, O
LORD, and I find comfort in them.
1John 5: 3 This is love for God: to obey his
commands. And his commands are not burdensome,...
God deserves great glory! There are thousands of imperfect Christian
volunteers serving in the devastation. Please give Your people words
of comfort, strength and wisdom as they perform acts of grace in Your name.
Show pity on the victims that are homeless, losing family members and
helpless and may they recover victorious and praising You! Bring us
all closer to you and may we share others burdens and the grief and loss to
rise victorious with great healing. Call us to repentance.
Impress our need for You and Your great love for us. May You be seen
in the honorable acts of Christians imparting a portion of Your great love
given to us. We Praise You.
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Point of clarification of
Nothing is being done regarding ending abortion. Yet, all the posturing
by the senators is over one 'issue', the killing of unborn babies. The
Democrats have a litmus test of someone who will uphold Roe v Wade.
Republicans claim to be on the other side and their questioning in the
judiciary committee hearing was all over this point. My point, that
probably was poorly made, was that abortion was a foundational moral value
that should be automatically embraced by both liberals and conservatives
(and even neo-conservatives as all the Republicans seem to be). Everyone
should say murder is wrong, all similarly should say abortion is wrong. The
sentence prior to that implies that as well. Senators should be concerned
with spending and governmental things like trade and war, not spending hours
and tons of money debating what should be a "given", abortion is wrong.
This is indicative of how far we have fallen.