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John Piper Blames Lutherans for Tornadoes?

Just then, some people came to tell Yeshua about the men from the Galil whom Pilate had slaughtered even while they were slaughtering animals for sacrifice.  His answer to them was, “Do you think that just because they died so horribly, these folks from the Galil were worse sinners than all the others from the Galil?  No, I tell you. Rather, unless you turn to God from your sins, you will all die as they did!  “Or what about those eighteen people who died when the tower at Shiloach fell on them? Do you think they were worse offenders than all the other people living in Yerushalayim?  No, I tell you. Rather, unless you turn from your sins, you will all die similarly.” – Yeshua the Messiah (Luke 13:1-5)

The tornado in Minneapolis was a gentle but firm warning to the ELCA and all of us: Turn from the approval of sin. Turn from the promotion of behaviors that lead to destruction. Reaffirm the great Lutheran heritage of allegiance to the truth and authority of Scripture. – John Piper

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With all due respect, I disagree with John Piper’s thought that the recent tornado that hit Minneapolis was a direct consequence of an ecclesiastical deliberation by the (liberal) Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA) to admit homosexuals as official clergy within their organization.  I would admonish Dr. Piper to re-read the Book of Job and re-think some of his assumptions…

I recall back in 2005 when some Israeli Jews were saying that the Hurricane Katrina disaster was the result of US policies toward Israel (in particular, regarding the Gaza Pullout).  So let’s see, according to this line of thinking God ‘s attribute of retributive justice was displayed before random poor people living in Louisiana and Mississippi for the sins of a (misguided) cabal exercising power in Washington DC…   How does this make any sense, especially in light of the fact that Ariel Sharon was behind the Gaza pullout and no judgment came upon the secular government of Israel for its complicity in this fiasco? Furthermore, why would God “give a pass” to Arab homicide bombers and various Islamic states that openly profess hatred for Israel, yet He would bother Himself to send a devasting hurricane to punish innocent bystanders in the poorer sections of Louisiana and Mississippi?  Please….

Similarly, John Piper seems to be suggesting that God sent a tornado to the City of Minneapolis for the sake of warning the ELCA against supporting homosexuals within its clergy…  Once again: please… Many victims of the tornado had nothing to do with the decision of the ELCA and are not affiliated with that organization.  Many small churches in the area, for example, experienced flooding yet are unequivocably against homosexual clergy.  “Should not the Judge of all the earth do right?” (Gen. 18:25). God does not need to hurl tornadoes (or Zeus’ lightning bolt, for that matter) to make His point…   NEWSFLASH — God isn’t holding His breath over the verdict of some denomination’s view of homosexuality… If a church “organization” gets to the point where discussing such matters is an issue of church “politics,” you can be sure that it’s long past the time of God sending “lightning bolts” their way.  The worst judgment of HaShem is to be “forgotten” by Him — and those who walk away from His truth will soon reciprocate by forgetting Him as well…

It would be an orderly universe indeed were God to immediately strike down the wicked and reward the righteous. Unfortunately, today the wicked prosper and seem to defy Divine Retribution.

No – in olam ha-zeh (this age) there is injustice and yet we must remain true to the justice and goodness of God despite appearances to the contrary (such as the Holocaust, etc.). God will fully address the problem of evil in the world to come. Meanwhile we all suffer and all creation is groaning. That is part of the life of faith… ]

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