Bad Theology: Natural Disasters Are God’s Punishment

Every time there is a natural disaster, some right-wing pastor has to come out and say it is God’s judgment.

This is just sad!

Here’s what the Bible has to say:

There were some present at that very time who told [Jesus] about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices.  And he answered them, “Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans, because they suffered in this way?  No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.  Or those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them: do you think that they were worse offenders than all the others who lived in Jerusalem?  No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.” (Luke 13:1-5)

The study note in my The Lutheran Study Bible has this to say:

Jesus points out tragedies as occasions for self-examination and reflection on our sinful frailty.  Contrary to popular thought, tragedy does not always strike people because they somehow deserve it.  Rather, in His wisdom God allows and uses even tragic events to warn of judgment, that He might bring us to repentance and eternal life through faith in Jesus. (TLSB, 1743)

I think someone needs to read his Bible more.

How long are we going to stand by as this bad theology is proclaimed?

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5 thoughts on “Bad Theology: Natural Disasters Are God’s Punishment

  1. In ’09, during the historic Churchwide Assembly at which the ELCA voted to allow ordination for pastors in committed, life-long, publicly accountable relationships, a sudden tornado struck Minneapolis and toppled the cross on the church across the street from the convention center. Big name Calvinistic Baptist preacher John Piper was, among others, quick to call this an act of God’s judgment. God had targeted the ELCA.

    The next day an unexpected tornado struck Toronto, Canada and an 8 year old child was killed. If Piper and company are right, one must ask what that 8 year old had done to piss God off.

  2. Perhaps Piper figured out that the 8 year old had just made a decision to be gay and God would have none of that…

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