Seven years ago, the world witnessed a tragic event as Hurricane Katrina swept through the Gulf Coast. Even more tragic was the response, or lack of it, by local and government agencies. In the end, people seemed to be left on their own. The procedures for catastrophes like this began to be adjusted to better serve the people they are meant to help.
Today, it almost seems like a test for all of us as Hurricane Isaac batters the Gulf Coast, driving, again, through New Orleans. This time, however, new, stronger levees are in place that able to withstand waves up to a Category 3 hurricane. To this point, most of the levees seem to be holding up, although some of the waves are washing “over” levees that have not been improved. There are areas that are still prone to flooding and are being overtaken by water. Residents in this area were told to evacuate, yet quite a few individuals stayed behind. Now, these individuals are need to be rescued.
Prayers go out to all of those who have been affected and those who will be affected by this storm. Life has shown that history can and will repeat itself in eerie ways. It is up to the individual to learn from past mistakes in order to make today better than yesterday. For the nation to move forward as a whole, all the individuals who are a part of local and government agencies have to learn from past mistakes to make better decisions today. If these lessons are not learned at this point in human history, the same test will likely return again, seemingly, until we get it right.
Some Christians flippantly say, “They must sin a lot” in a certain place if it gets affected by tragic events more than other places. Truth be told, everyone in the entire world commits the same sins on a grand scale. Also, God does not put one type of sin over another. If you break any one commandment, the punishment is death. This is why it was crucial for Jesus Christ to suffer so much and die for all of our sins. Also, His resurrection proves that death, sin’s punishment, will not be the end for us.
When tragedy strikes at someone, it is not for the Christian to search for and point out someone else’s sins, then comment that God is giving them what they deserve through some natural disaster. The Earth, itself, is under the same curse as humans are, which Paul mentions in the Word:
“Against its will, all creation was subjected to God’s curse. But with eager hope, the creation looks forward to the day when it will join God’s children in glorious freedom from death and decay. For we know that all creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time.” – Romans 8:20-22
When sin was brought into the world through Adam and Eve’s disobedience to God, everything changed for the worst. Death was brought into the world; death for people and for the world; pain in childbirth and hard work for all mankind for the rest of our days. Natural disasters, such as hurricanes, tornadoes, and earthquakes that were not present in the “good” God created in the beginning, has now become the “normal” of our present day lives. Those who happily promote tags like “sin city” or “sin is in” may not understand that “sin” is the very reason we have all of this sorrow. How can it possibly be celebrated in any way?