Don’t get me wrong…I don’t really mean to pick on Kirk Cameron.
He’s just one of the more well-known Christians who happen to believe, apparently, that hurricanes spin into existence solely because God specifically creates them and launches them like a bowling ball towards inhabited places so that the victims of such a storm can be reminded that God is powerful.
I’ve never understood this mentality. It didn’t make sense to me when I was a kid and it doesn’t make sense to me as an adult who’s a little further in time than he might like from childhood.
If you believe everything that happens does happen because actually makes it happen individually, then you can’t hide behind the comfortable position of defending God in “allowing” bad things to happen to good people: you must believe he intentionally causes bad things to happen to good people.
You can’t even suggest that the laws of probability must just not have been in their favor that time around when a disaster strikes. God must have intentionally targeted all of the victims of a disaster, no matter how good, how loving, how caring and how faithful they may be to His will.
I happen to believe that God, in creating the universe, set into motion certain natural processes, like an atmosphere that sometimes creates the unpredictable, such as dangerous weather conditions and natural disasters. It’s more random. Sometimes they happen, sometimes they don’t. But my beliefs do not require that I cast God in the role of some cosmic masochist who intentionally creates every disaster that then must be explained away as some sort of “punishment” that always seems to include, as collateral damage, people who seemingly aren’t deserving of such punishment.
But let’s say I could adjust my beliefs to say that God does intentionally do something to show His power.
The day this post was published just so happens to be the first day of fall. Fall is my favorite season of the year because of all the amazing colors we see go on display.
If I were going to attribute some natural occurrence to a specific, intentional action from God, I think I’d choose sights like the one pictured above: the incredible beauty that exists all around us.
If God chose to send us a message, I think it’d be more like a gift of the beauty of life to remind us how precious life is…and how precious we are to Him.
That sounds a lot more like the God I worship to me.
Patrick is a Christian with more than 26 years experience in professional writing, producing and marketing. His professional background also includes social media, reporting for broadcast television and the web, directing, videography and photography. He enjoys getting to know people over coffee and spending time with his dog.