Sunday, August 31, 2008
Michael Moore and Divine Judgment
The blogs and news sites are astir with recent remarks by far-left filmmaker Michael Moore -- remarks made in conjunction with the approaching Hurricane Gustav. Moore was quoted as saying that Gustav's pending landfall during the Republican Convention was proof that there was a God in Heaven.
Whenever Republicans say things like this -- especially religious leaders like Pat Robertson, the hue and cry from the left (and a few Republicans as well) is deafening. I am offended by Moore's remarks, but for a different reason.
I have no problem with the idea that God can use meteorological events to render judgment on mankind. Scripture demonstrates that fact quite abundantly. I am not a prophet or the son of a prophet, so I can't tell you why God is allowing this hurricane to hit at this particular time. The rain falls on the just and the unjust. There might well be a message being sent to the GOP, but there's also a message being sent to the Donkey Party. Don't forget that there is a Democratic mayor (and lots of other Democrats) in New Orleans, which is now in Gustav's sights. Whetever the case with Gustav, Michael Moore is missing the point.
When God sends judgment, the intention is to both chastise and to call mankind to repentance. There is plenty of need for repentance in both the Democratic and Republican parties. My own feeling is that a bit more is needed on the left end of the spectrum because of their open embrace of evil i.e. abortion and homosexuality, but with Republicans caving on those issues, there's enough chastisement needed to go around. The long and short of it is, this entire country needs to repent and return to the Lord. We're running on grace fumes now as it is. To me, the message of any calamity is a reminder to repent and return to the Lord, who is sovereign over our lives.
Michael Moore would do well to consider the claims of God on his own life. His very porcine nature makes me think he's in more danger of a sudden heart attack or stroke than some of the rest of us. The truth is that every one of the human race is only a heartbeat away from eternity.
It doesn't take a hurricane to do it, either.