September 23, 2005

Here We Go Again...

As I write this Hurricane Rita is about 4 days from landfall on the coast of Texas. It is currently at a category 4 storm. Have you been impacted by how easily the mighty structures of men are upended by a single episode of weather? Remember it’s not just the residents of coastal areas affected by this storm but by everyone who puts fuel into their vehicles or heats their homes with oil. And already predictions are forth coming that if Hurricane Rita does what the experts expect it to do, oil will shoot up again, even worse than before.

And yet for all the machinations of Washington; for all the legislation; for all the posturing and blathering with words as copious as the rains brought by the storms, all we can do is stand helplessly by and take our knocks handed out by an impersonal an amoral force of nature. We sure don’t like that one bit!

We can attack Al Queda, throw land at the Palestinians, close our eyes to the Sudanese, and withhold favor and funds from Israel but when some swirling winds kick up and torrential rains fall or the earth opens up or mountains give way, all we can do is hope for the best and prepare to start over again. Pretty soon, and the folks living on the coasts of the world are going to feel like Sisyphus pushing a boulder up a hill only to have it cascade down before reaching the top.

And for the few who tend to get real religious at these times, why in Heaven’s name should God lift a finger to bale out those who spit in His face when the sun is shining?

Thank heaven for the “remnant.” The faithful—relative--few, who because of their fidelity to the Father, have an ear and hopefully a helping hand. Abraham bargained with God to spare the city of Sodom if he could only produce 10 people who had a faith that resembled anything like real faith in the real God. Sodom was destroyed; a heck of a commentary on the state of religion in that community.

Is there any lesson in that for us today? What do you think? What do you think?


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