A Question I Was Asked:

Is God Punishing America with Hurricanes?

Is God punishing America with hurricanes? This is what my friend believes.

UK Apologetics Reply:

I have always thought that it's best to avoid conclusions like your friend's conclusion; we should not try to 'second guess' God. There have been a number of hurricanes recently. Several have done considerable damage; yet storms and hurricanes are a seasonal occurrence around the Gulf of Mexico. So there is nothing new about them; two or three recent ones have been especially damaging but others - apparently - have not been. Apparently some years are bad years for hurricanes but others are not, largely depending on how hot the air and the water in the Gulf of Mexico become at any time during late summer (the Gulf of Mexico is like an entrapping bowl of hot air and very warm water, both of these factors encourage the development of storms). More than that I cannot say.

Such storms are certainly one way in which God could show His displeasure with a people, or a nation, but not the only one. Is God especially angry with the United States? Who can say? Sin is worldwide. There are reasons why God could be angry with a long list of peoples, including Britain and America. I would just state that - for sure - we are two peoples who have quite dramatically turned our collective backs on the message of Christianity, probably especially Britain.

The Bible teaches that it is more serious for a people who have known God to later turn away from Him.

Tower of Siloam Message

But we must remember the message of the Tower of Siloam. In Jesus' day, eighteen people were killed by a collapsing tower; they were simply in the wrong place but did they die because of being especially sinful people? Jesus said no.

1. Now there were some present at that time who told Jesus about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mixed with their sacrifices. 2. Jesus answered, "Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans because they suffered this way? 3. I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish. 4. Or those eighteen who died when the tower in Siloam fell on them - do you think they were more guilty than all the others living in Jerusalem? 5. I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish." (Luke 13:1-5).

So whereas the Bible in general, especially the Old Testament, might suggest that God is at perfect liberty to 'take out' sinful people or societies (Sodom and Gomorrah, for example), Jesus warned that this is not always the correct answer to these occurrences.

Robin A. Brace. September 19th, 2017.