Careful With Claiming Judgment
We must be very careful about calling specific events “divine judgment.” It is dangerous and unwise to bear false witness about the Lord. Some have said that the Boston Marathon bombing was a divine judgment, one of the main causes being the legalizing of same-sex “marriage” in Massachusetts in 2004.
Our nation has been sowing to the flesh for decades. As a result, we are reaping destruction on many fronts (Gal. 6:7-8). How can we argue with those who believe that God’s hand of blessing has lifted off of us in significant ways? Proverbs 14:34 remains true, whether people believe it or not: “Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people.”
It is a painful fact that we have aborted more than 50 million babies (a sin that contains its own judgment on several levels); that we are the world leader in the production and distribution of pornography; that we have birthed and exported a man-centered, carnal prosperity message around the globe; that we have celebrated homosexuality and denigrated freedoms of religion, speech and conscience—and on and on the list goes.
Paul’s words are absolutely true: “On account of these [speaking of various sins of the flesh, all of which are practiced in abundance in our country] the wrath of God is coming” (Col. 3:6, ESV). However, WE MUST BE VERY CAREFUL about our prophetic proclamations, or else we may be guilty of misrepresenting the Lord to the church and to the world.
Based on the Word, we cannot deny that He may use tornadoes, but that certainly does not mean that we could assume that *every* destructive act of nature was an act of divine judgment.
Today, as rescue workers continue to help restore the rubble of an elementary school and the surrounding areas in the Oklahoma City suburb of Moore, who will say that the massive tornado that brought such deadly destruction was a judgment from the Lord? In conservative, God-fearing Oklahoma? In the buckle of the Bible belt? With little children as some of the main victims?
We cannot doubt that God’s wrath is coming to the earth, or that His judgment is already in our land. This is simply a call for wisdom and caution, especially when terrible devastation strikes the heartland of America.
At times like this, we do much more good to *pray* rather than predict, crying out to the Father of mercy to bring healing to these gaping wounds, with each of us *serving as agents* of compassion in any way that we can.