Monday, December 27, 2004

22,000 and counting

(This post has been edited to better reflect its original intent)

At least 22,000 people in seven countries have died as a result of a tsunami triggered by a massive earthquake in the Indian Ocean. I am at a loss for words. In Texas, there are still books written about the hurricane that destroyed the city of Galveston, killing over 5,000 people (I think) near the beginning of the 20th century. And this is about 5 times as worse. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all those suffering today, and our plea is that all those able can help out in the relief efforts.

Some people out there probably think that God caused this tsunami as some kind of pennance for those countries. We here at the Social Gospel Today reject such a notion, and instead understand the tragedy as the result of the complex forces of nature at work. As Progressive Christians, we must firmly assert that our God is a God of Love, not a God of Vengeance and Destruction.


At 10:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Out here in Non-Christian World (I know, such a small percentage of the American public), we don't blame God. We blame weather. My father, a former meteorologist, was glued to CNN for days after the tsunami, and described the phenomenon to me at length.

But let's talk about terrorism instead. As we all know, news (like politics) is local. So it didn't surprose me when the following news story appeared (I'm paraphrasing here): "Tsunami kills a gazillion people. 200 Americans missing." Then they bring on Greg, a "tsunami survivor" who says, "It's just like Setember 11th." The comparison infuriated me.

What does this have to do with Jesus and scripture? Absolutely nothing. But at least it's something to think about. -BB


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