I have recently been appalled by a specific post on the topic of gay marriage and it’s apparent relevance to the recent floods in Britain.
The blog post in question is:
It was posted in response to a now ex-member of UKIP, Councillor David Silvester. After he said
“Disaster would come of Gay Marriage.”
“Mr Cameron acted arrogantly against the Gospel.”
When asked for more of his opinion on blaming the floods and storms on the gay marriage bill, he said:
"The scriptures make it abundantly clear that a Christian nation that abandons its faith and acts contrary to the Gospel (and in naked breach of a coronation oath) will be beset by natural disasters such as storms, disease, pestilence and war."
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The issues to discuss are the way the author of the Evening Harold conducted themselves in their counterargument to Councillor Silvester. In addition, exploring if there is any scriptural evidence of God using natural disasters to ‘punish’ a nation.
So who is right here? Is either right?
Firstly, what scripture says about the writer and their attitude.
1Therefore you have no excuse, O man, every one of you who judges. For in passing judgment on another you condemn yourself, because you, the judge, practice the very same things. 2We know that the judgment of God rightly falls on those who practice such things. 3Do you suppose, O man—you who judge those who practice such things and yet do them yourself—that you will escape the judgment of God?
Before continuing, for the sake of clarification, to point out that this topic has an ambiguous line that will not be crossed, as it may be misconstrued that judgement is also being passed. It is right to make it clear that is not the intention of this post. The objective is to use the method of a Biblical approach to highlight the issues as aforementioned. We find in the The Evening Harold blog post a judgemental and unchristian attitude towards people they disagree with. Paul says in our passage from Romans that if we pass judgement on people that we condemn ourselves. Therefore, when the blog author states at the end that people like the Councillor will be going to ‘warmer places’ (that being hell) is potentially bringing judgement on them. Paul says that you have no right to do that, only God can judge. If we judge we are walking into danger and bringing ourselves to condemnation. The author of this post has gone about this in the wrong way with their judgemental attitude. The post instead should be filled with loving forgiveness and gentle rebuking. The way to convince is not by angry blog posts, but with posts filled of hope and loving grace .
Through grace we were saved, by the help of grace we forgive.
Secondly, the examination of how the Bible addresses God using a flood to judge the mistakes of the people of the world.
4Then I heard another voice from heaven saying, “Come out of her, my people, lest you take part in her sins, lest you share in her plagues; 5 for her sins are heaped high as heaven, and God has remembered her iniquities. 6 Pay her back as she herself has paid back others, and repay her double for her deeds; mix a double portion for her in the cup she mixed. 7 As she glorified herself and lived in luxury, so give her a like measure of torment and mourning, since in her heart she says, ‘I sit as a queen, I am no widow, and mourning I shall never see.’ 8 For this reason her plagues will come in a single day, death and mourning and famine, and she will be burned up with fire; for mighty is the Lord God who has judged her.”
In this passage God sees the sins of nations, he remembers them, especially those of an unrepentant nation like Babylon. So is it possible that God could use floods and natural disasters?
Well, to answer this simply, yes God can. Why? …because God is just.
The works of his hands are faithful and just; all his precepts are trustworthy;
God is perfect, just and righteous. There was only one man that could be this and that is Jesus. It is something no human can claim. We can not judge and we should not question anything that God does, because we are imperfect fallen sinners. We can not say if what God decrees is just or not. We do not have that right.
We need to remember we are all imperfect. We all deserve the flood.
However, God declares this statement in Genesis:
Genesis 8: 21-22
21 …the Lord said in his heart, “I will never again curse the ground because of man, for the intention of man’s heart is evil from his youth. Neither will I ever again strike down every living creature as I have done. 22 While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night, shall not cease.”
In this passage, just after the flood which destroyed everything but Noah, his family and two of every animal, God declares never again will he do this on such a large scale.
God instead chooses to give life. Not to take it.
1 Timothy 1:15
15The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners.
Instead of wiping the world clean, God came into the world, he dwelt on Earth and then gave himself as a sacrifice for us. He dealt with sin directly. He paid the price for us.
Jesus took the judgement that we deserve out of love for us.
That does not mean that God will not punish people for sins. There are two ways to live. Those who follow Christ and those who don’t. With this in mind, think carefully if you have yet to make the decision and let God in to your life. To feel the love of his forgiveness and grace.
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