Although it did take longer than I though. Yep, someone has come out and said that the recent bombings at the Boston Marathon were God’s judgment against Massachusetts.
God promises in His Word that He brings providential judgment on a wicked people. Sometimes He does it through disasters such as earthquakes, floods, or tornadoes, and sometimes He does it by bringing enemies to attack an apostate people. God blesses covenant-keepers, and He brings judgment on covenant breakers.
While we work to console those injured in the bombing, and while we should actively pursue justice against the perpetrators, we should also at the same time be in prayer, asking God to bring the people of Massachusetts to their senses for their sins against the Lord. We should furthermore examine ourselves for our own sins and repent of them before the Lord. Even as we work to deal with civil evils in the civil realm, we must recognize God’s providential hand in these events, motivating us to walk in the fear of the Lord.
Let’s take a look at what Jesus says:
Some who were present on that occasion told Jesus about the Galileans whom Pilate had killed while they were offering sacrifices.He replied, “Do you think the suffering of these Galileans proves that they were more sinful than all the other Galileans? No, I tell you, but unless you change your hearts and lives, you will die just as they did. What about those twelve people who were killed when the tower of Siloam fell on them? Do you think that they were more guilty of wrongdoing than everyone else who lives in Jerusalem? No, I tell you, but unless you change your hearts and lives, you will die just as they did.” (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)
Crap theology like this makes me want to throw up. Every time there’s some kind of disaster, whether it be natural or something else, someone comes out and says something stupid… Seriously, this is NOT God’s judgment. I think someone needs to read their Bible and lose the bad theology!