Honestly, folks…I sometimes wonder if the Creator isn’t wondering why s/he created humanity–or at the very least, where our brains are!
We always seem to have to have someone to blame for what are usually called “natural” disasters. Silly me–I thought that “natural” disasters were just that…things that just happened. Yes, I know that sometimes the decisions we humans make (like where to build levees or dams…or what lands to drain…or where to build oil pumps) can magnify those disasters, but we didn’t cause tornados or hurricanes.
I guess I’m just listening to the wrong preachers!
According to several statements about Hurricane Sandy, expressed in various ways, Hurricane Sandy and its destruction is a direct result of the Divine’s (oops, guess I need to say “God’s) anger at a certain portion of humanity–those who dare to love someone of the same sex. I guess God isn’t quite as angry at those who cheat each other…those who see nothing wrong with hoarding wealth while others starve…those who do nothing to help innocents caught in sexual abuse…those who don’t reach out to the hungry and homeless, those in prison…
Nope, it’s those awful people who want to provide homes with loving parents to children who need to know they are loved…those who reach out to those in need in various ways…but who happen to be same-sex partners.
That’s not the God I know and worship.
I think that if the Creator is truly angry with our decisions, it’s more likely to be the ones that use and abuse other individuals and the environment…
Seems to me that Jesus had something to say about this. Regardless of your religious beliefs, I think there’s a lot of value in this reading from Matthew (25th chapter – The Message version)–a challenge for each of us to live:
“When he finally arrives, blazing in beauty and all his angels with him, the Son of Man will take his place on his glorious throne. Then all the nations will be arranged before him and he will sort the people out, much as a shepherd sorts out sheep and goats, putting sheep to his right and goats to his left.
“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Enter, you who are blessed by my Father! Take what’s coming to you in this kingdom. It’s been ready for you since the world’s foundation. And here’s why:
I was hungry and you fed me,
I was thirsty and you gave me a drink,
I was homeless and you gave me a room,
I was shivering and you gave me clothes,
I was sick and you stopped to visit,
I was in prison and you came to me.’
“Then those ‘sheep’ are going to say, ‘Master, what are you talking about? When did we ever see you hungry and feed you, thirsty and give you a drink? And when did we ever see you sick or in prison and come to you?’ Then the King will say, ‘I’m telling the solemn truth: Whenever you did one of these things to someone overlooked or ignored, that was me—you did it to me.’
“Then he will turn to the ‘goats,’ the ones on his left, and say, ‘Get out, worthless goats! You’re good for nothing but the fires of hell. And why? Because—
I was hungry and you gave me no meal,
I was thirsty and you gave me no drink,
I was homeless and you gave me no bed,
I was shivering and you gave me no clothes,
Sick and in prison, and you never visited.’
“Then those ‘goats’ are going to say, ‘Master, what are you talking about? When did we ever see you hungry or thirsty or homeless or shivering or sick or in prison and didn’t help?’
“He will answer them, ‘I’m telling the solemn truth: Whenever you failed to do one of these things to someone who was being overlooked or ignored, that was me—you failed to do it to me.’
So…rather than spend time railing about how one bunch of people or another has caused this natural disaster (or any other)…how about if we begin looking to see each other as brother and sister, as part of the Divine that connects us all?
We might just get somewhere then about creating a better world for everyone!