due to a 5.8 magnitude earthquake that
struck Virginia Tuesday, the National Park Services has revealed an inspection found cracks in the stones at the top of the Monument.
Washington’s National Cathedral, host to state funerals and memorial services for many U.S. presidents, suffered damage with three spires in the central tower breaking off.
Comment by Adamantine:
It is not difficult to suspect and suggest that when the two major symbols of the country and its relationship to God have been damaged in a rare earthquake that the nation should consider it a possible warning.
That is my understanding of this event. The nation may have been warned and the next time unless repentance occurs the damage will be monumental. I chose that word with purpose.
I actually believe GOD HAS SPOKEN. All believing Christians will be pondering this as a possibility and that is in itself a form of proof.
August 21st, 2009 Greg Boyd
On Wednesday, August 19, five small tornados formed in and around the Twin Cities. Included among the property damage was a broken church steeple. It just so happens that Central Lutheran Church was hosting the National Convention of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA) and that one of the issues they were discussing was their stance on homosexuality. According to John Piper, this is no coincidence.
In a blog that unfortunately managed to make it on the local evening news John offered “an interpretation of this Providence.” He claimed “[t]he tornado in Minneapolis was a gentle but firm warning to the ELCA and all of us: Turn from the approval of sin.” You can read his blog here.
Now, I appreciate John as a brother in Christ and respect him as a pastor working for the Kingdom. And I have no quarrel with his view that homosexuality should not be affirmed as God’s ideal. But when he publicly claims to discern a divine warning behind the behavior of a particular tornado, I feel I need to offer a public response, if only to remind non-Christians that not all Christians think like this.
Additional Comments by Adamantine:
When Christ died God sent a storm to darken the mid day sky. He also sent an earthquake which opened tombs. If God signaled His displeasure at that time and yet many other earthquakes and storms do not show His displeasure are we to believe God ever speaks this way to the world now?
Was God not speaking to the world for all generations when He sent fire and brimstone to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah?
The 19th century Victorian readers of the digging up Pompeii were shocked to see that so many homes sported pornographic paintings. Was God speaking when he destroyed Pompeii? in AD 79 ?
Should the hurricane Irene makes its way to Washington D.C. we WILL have to wrestle with these issues. God may have called thinking Christians to watch with wisdom. I may be wrong but this is the way God seems to work and warn IMHO.
The eyes of the nation will be turned to Washington DC on Sunday August 28 for the dedication of the Martin Luther King memorial. It may also be the arrival of a category M (major) hurricane.