I watched as it came closer. I watched as the winds and rain swept inland. I watched as the levees broke. I watched as the floods engulfed the city. I watched as the people were displaced. I watched as they were left desolate and in fear. I watched as some people died. What event was this? Hurricane Katrina. It was August 29, 2005 that this monster came inland and changed people’s lives forever. From the comfort of my home in West Virginia, I sorrowfully watched these events unfold. The whole time I watched, my heart ached for those affected. I didnt think that I could hear anything worse than what I had watched when it came to this storm….but I was wrong!
Shortly after the storm, I was talking with a Christian lady. I was talking about how sad that I felt for the people of New Orleans. Her response was more shocking than I could have ever imagined. This is the conversation as it unfolded. To protect privacy, I will be referring to her as “Lady”.
Me – “That was so awful. There were people dying on the street and there was no help coming in even to drop off food or water by airplane.”
Lady – “You do know why that happened dont you?”
Me – “Yes. Because it was a hurricane and the levee system failed and caused massive flooding.”
Lady – “That is not the only reason.”
Me – “What do you mean?”
Lady – “It happened because God was washing out all of the gambling and homosexuals.”
Me – “What???”
Needless to say, I just got up and walked out of the room. At that time I was not attending church. When she said that, it made me glad that I wasnt going. I didnt want to be a part of anything that a God of her description was involved with. By her reasoning, God did not have mercy on the elderly dying in the streets, babies passing out from dehydration due to the extreme heat and lack of water, and countless people starving just because gambling and homosexuals could have been present. That just did not make sense to me at all. All that did was drive me further away from God. Most likely it had the same effect on others who heard anything similar. I just sat a asked myself “Are these the words of a Christian?” I decided then, if that is the way that Christians think, I am perfectly happy living in sin.
Of course, now I know the difference. The words spoken by that lady are not the universal opinions of all Christians. They are the words spoken by Satan to further distance a potential believer away from God. That lady was just a clueless facilitator of Satan’s plan. Unfortunately, alot of older Christian people share her views. What they fail to realize is that they are no better than anyone when it comes to sin. We were ALL born into sin. Until all of us, older Christians as well as younger Christians, come together in unity and really sit down and read the scriptures, statements like “Lady’s” will be uttered and a multitude of potential believers will not come to know God.