Katrina Disaster Not Void of Religious Fanatics

From a recent Reuters article I just finished perousing:

“Natural disaster is caused by the sin in the world,” said Maj. John Jones, the group’s area commander. “The acts of God are what happens afterwards … all the good that happens.”

So, then, what was the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah? What about the Great Flood? Why wasn’t Hurrican Katrina an act of God? And, if Katrina was an act of God, then it was not caused by the sin of the world, but rather it was caused because of the sin of the world. Former Bayou witch doctors, beware.

To say that God is only responsible for the G-Rated relief funds and rescue operations is to be as ignorant as the Pastor who claims that “Jesus is your best friend.

The God of the Bible is a God of Wrath, and while Christ commands compassion towards others, don’t ever think you can slip through life without receiving a final Judgement. Yes that sounds harsh, but Christianity wasn’t meant to be a hippy, friend-loving peachy queen religion. Christianity is about a perfect man who agreed to be brutally murdered so that everyone else could have a chance at eternity.

Please donate to the relief fund. But don’t use a tragic natural disaster as a means to distribute unbiblical commercial-American Jesus-is-safe agenda. Oh, and please DON’T donate to the Southern Baptist Convention. They distributed a film to be shown in churches about how good THEY are, and how much THEY have done for the Katrina disaster. The video forgot to mention how blessed and thankful they are of Christ’s gift to them – the financial support from hard-working Baptists.

“He is not a tame Lion.” – Mr. Beaver

Who do you worship?

Who do you worship? Is it God, or is it Christian culture? Maybe you worship Hollywood. Didn’t Ben wear that outfit you have on, or wait, was it Elijah? {sarcasm}That Elijah is so hot right now!{/sarcasm} Or, maybe you worship all your cool stuff. (I’m assuming you have cool stuff, because if you live in the US, in spite of recession, war and poverty, we always have cool stuff.)

I worship God. At least, every Sunday I go to church and play my guitar, and sing. But every other day, I really like to watch movies. I just watched “Grave of The Fireflies.” It’s a sad story, but worth the watch. Most evenings, I vegitate in front of the television like a mindless zombie, and I don’t even have cable. Of course we try to limit how much we take in, and I don’t watch the trashy stuff. But on a scale of 1 to 10, 10 being Trashy, most television doesn’t know how to score below a 5. So why does anyone watch this junk anyway? I wonder how different I would be if I had never watched television.

Which brings us to cool stuff… I like cool stuff. I have cool stuff. I have a laptop, two cell phones (one is a Blackberry), and I have 5 guitars. Some might see that as materialism. But, in defense of my cool stuff, I use all of it for God’s glory some of the time, and some of it for God’s glory all of the time. I started writing a new worship song last night, using my acoustic guitar and my laptop. I’ll post it here when I finish. Hey, I even wrote this post from my Blackberry. For some people, there is a thin line between materialism and using modern technology. I’m sure the same was true back when modern technology was a sword and armor. Or back when the latest and greatest farming tool was a shovel.

Here’s the bottom line: God deserves more than our Sundays. We owe God our lives, which includes the other 6 days of the week. Remember, though, that He doesn’t owe us anything, except for hell. It’s only because of His grace and our faith that He even gives us the time of day.

So, who do you worship?