The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

“Where is your good God now?” “I’m not religious, but will you pray for me?” “This is mother nature’s wrath on climate deniers.”

There are so many misconceptions when “bad” things happen. Everyone wants to explain why, place blame, and throw off any responsibility for it. They also suddenly want prayer without the acknowledgement that a God even exists. It was sad to see Twitter during the storms in Texas. People gleefully proclaiming “good, there goes the bigots and Trump voters,” “that’s what they get,” laughing; literally saying they hope a whole people all drowned. It is truly appalling coming from anyone, especially the most “tolerant” among us, but that isn’t my point exactly. In this piece I would like to show that all humanity is responsible for the destruction and storms we see happening all around us. How arrogant and prideful do you look when you point the finger and laugh that the storms are occurring because THAT group of people doesn’t share your same political and social views. So you now command the storms do you? When one comes your way will you continue your false narrative? What will the cause be then? Will you take the blame and search your soul for a reason? Maybe there is something in your life you can change and the storm will disappear? How arrogant we are as a people.

I want to shed some light on this arrogance and pride. The title of this is “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly,” but let’s start with the Bad so we can end on a positive note.

The bad is that people have bought into the lie that there is an entity called “mother earth” and “she” has replaced God. “She” created all things, sort of how Jesus did according to Colossians 1:16-17. So people have replaced the truth for a lie just as the Bible prophecies people would do in Romans 1:25. I suppose people prefer this idea since “mother earth” cannot speak for “herself.” Instead everyone gets to choose their own narrative and reason for the tragedies in life. Ironically they themselves are never at fault; never to blame. It’s always because of other peoples beliefs and ways of life. But let’s look at the facts for a moment. You know, be logical about “science” (the world’s god). Nature always fights for its own survival. Only the fit survive in the animal kingdom. The strongest and the most adaptable survive and reproduce. So you are going to tell me “mother earth” took a break from her efforts to simply survive in order to punish humanity for their moral woes? There is no morality in animals, the wind, the rain, and all of nature outside of humanity. Why would mother earth care who was voted into office? Who was religious or not? How many sexual partners you have or don’t have? Or who you sleep with for that matter. Mother nature wouldn’t care! God would care though, and that leads us to “the ugly.”

The ugly is that the earth is indeed under a curse. One day it will fall away and be no more. Isaiah 24 speaks of this “end of time” event. I won’t post the full chapter here in an effort to keep this short. Look it up because it is an amazing chapter. The curse is described in Isaiah 24:5-6, ” The earth lies defiled under its inhabitants; for they have transgressed the laws, violated the statutes, broken the everlasting covenant. Therefore a curse devours the earth, and its inhabitants suffer for their guilt.” The previous verse speaks of how the earth is “mourning” and “languishing.” The end of the chapter speaks of the natural disasters that will happen, 19-20, “The earth is utterly broken, the earth is split apart, the earth is violently shaken. The earth staggers like a drunken man; it sways like a hut; its transgression lies heavy upon it, and it falls, and will not rise again.” So we, as Christians, shouldn’t be alarmed that the world is violently coming to an end. The “mother earthers” are correct in one aspect. They say it is man causing the end, and it is. But it is man’s transgression against God, not in our literal existence.  We should have an answer instead of simply denying the truth that our existence IS ending. The answer is our world IS under a curse. The curse was brought on by sin and transgression of God’s laws. ALL humanity is to blame. So let’s start realizing our OWN sins are to blame and stop pointing fingers. We should not become prideful or arrogant that “our” way is right and all others are being punished. A hurricane, tornado, earthquake, etc. does not have a moral agenda. They strike anyone and everyone equal. Do you not think there are people just like you in Texas, in Florida, etc.? We should all look inwardly a little more instead of always placing blame on others. The Bible teaches in Matthew 5:45 that, “He makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.” In other words, the same sun rises for all. The same rain falls on all, and this could be extended to the same natural disasters. The same rainbow, the same calm after a storm. The world we’ve been given is beautiful indeed, but it must come to an end. This may be violent, but after a storm we find a rainbow. Which leads us to “the good.”

The good is a story of redemption and blessing. A story of God’s love for us! When people ask, “where is your God now?” I first have to realize that all of the “bad” was prophesied, and will most certainly come, but there is a promise I hold tight to; that all Christ followers should hold to. I’ll tell you shortly about this promise, but first let me tell you of the difference between you and me. The difference is when people mockingly ask, “where if your God?” I know where He is. You aren’t shaking my faith. You aren’t making me question. He’s with me and it’s real and tangible! He’s still on His throne. The sad part is you see the bad storms and you mock. As if God isn’t there. But you are sadly unaware of His presence. Sadly unaware that He SAID all of this would happen, but it is a process to one day make everything new–and better. The difference is while you can’t explain why it is happening, I can. The Bible does. While you will despair at the storms that will effect us all (the just and the unjust) I will have hope in a future promise. The hope is found in a new heaven and a new earth for GOD’S PEOPLE. Those who follow Him and obey His commands (John 14, John 10, 1 John 5:3, Jeremiah 7:23). In the end we will all go through the storms. Either way I come out with hope. You despair. Then, if the promise proves right, I will enjoy the fruits of the new Heaven while those who do not believe in God will not.

Revelation 21 says, Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more.  And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God.  He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”

So while some will languish, toil, blame, and mock, others will have JOY in the promise of a new Heaven and a new Earth. All things will be made new! You too can have this hope if you put your FAITH in the ONE true God. Stop looking to “mother nature” for answers. “She” will give you none. Stop blaming others for the storms, and put your faith in Christ. So that you too will have peace in the storms. Jesus said in John 14: 27, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” I will not be afraid because God is with me. If you are going through the storms alone just know that you don’t have to. God is present, available, and there for all who place their trust in Him! His grace is sufficient!

Romans 10:9-10, “because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.”

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