It took a little longer then I expected, but now some on the far right are coming out and saying that the tsunami that killed more then 295,000 people was the wrath of God. Speaking at a Southern Baptist pastor's conference, Henry Blackaby said that the earthquake and the massive tidal wave that followed was God getting revenge on different countries for their persecution of Christians.
Blackaby came to this conclusion after seeing a map by Voice of the Martyers that showed which countries killed Christians and realizing that many of those countries were hit by the tsunami
“If you read the Old Testament, especially, God is very concerned how the nations treat His covenant people,” Blackaby explained. “The nations that persecuted, offended and killed His people, God came down and destroyed them. And He’s the same God today. He’s just as concerned about His people.”
Apparently God decided that the best way to get his message was to kill almost 300,000 people, most of whom were peaceful people living quiet, private lives and most were either Hindu, Buddhist or Muslim.
He went on to tell the Baptist Press, a propaganda machine masquerading as a legitimate news source, that he expected the secular media to “Jump all over” his comments. Well they haven’t and the fact that he said that leads me to believe that he wants a national firestorm brewing around him. After all it’s cool now to be an controversial conseverative.
In the end I’m left asking who the hell is the Blackaby guy and why is he trying to draw controversy to himself? He’s a guy who runs a family ministry and uses the word Dr. in front of his name because he holds not just one, but four honorary degrees from conservative religious colleges.
Most likely Blackaby is a guy who has a program he wants to push and will use his “controversial stance” on the tsunami disaster to drum up some publicity for himself.
In the end I think Archbishop of Sydney Cardinal George Pell said it best:
"It is inaccurate to call the tsunami an act of God, because God did not intervene to provoke the disaster. We might still ask why He did not create a more perfect world, why God permits so much suffering. We don't know. Evil remains a mystery, but we are called to battle against it, and it is only one part of our story.
Neither has the tsunami anything in common with God's final judgement, as the tsunami killed and destroyed capriciously, without rhyme or reason. God's judgement will be the ultimate in justice and mercy, with only those unrepentantly evil being punished".