Recently, a number of Leftist social media accounts have expressed glee in the pain suffered recently by Southerners due to the recent tragic events of devastating storms in the Southeast and a horrific multi-state fire that is ravaging Appalachia. One online, left-wing “theologian” went so far as to state that God was “punishing the South” because it voted for Trump. I find such a statement crass, ironic, and overwhelmingly insightful.
It is crass on the surface for obvious reasons. No one should ever revel in another’s pain. This should be especially true of Leftists who claim to have a monopoly on compassion.
It is ironic because the Left is frequently denying the existence of God. How can something that “does not exist,” punish a people who worship “it” so faithfully as a bloc? Thus, such statements are ironically contradictory.
But the insight into the Leftist mind is probably the most telling.
I am not at all surprised at the level of hatred that the Left has shown toward those who disagree with them ideologically and politically. That is well known to conservatives who are used to being viciously attacked by Leftists. Rather, it betrays a more important facet of the Leftist mindset: their overwhelming lack of understanding as it pertains to God.
They just don’t get it.
Whereas not all Christians agree, theologically, as to whether God is a punishing God, all Christians do believe in one fundamental truth: bad things are the work of Satan, not God the Father. What has happened in the South is truly bad. But that is where Leftist non-believers cannot follow my next line of thought.
All Christians – while sorrowed by the level of devastation and death caused by the storms and fires – can find comfort in the knowledge that no Test of Faith will go unrewarded by the Lord as we walk through the fires of great tribulation.
No matter what Satan throws at a Christian, God the Father through Jesus Christ WILL make things better!
Leftists cannot appreciate that truth. Southerners, with their deep found Faith in Christ, can.
Whereas today the fires have destroyed the beautiful scenery of one of my favorite spots in the world, Gatlinburg, TN… whereas tornadoes have ravaged my girlfriend’s home states of Alabama and Georgia… whereas families are truly feeling the loss of loved ones so close to Christmas… In Faith through Christ, we know things will get better.
We know that Satan cannot win.
He and his Leftist allies may laugh at our pain today. But they will stand with mouths agape in awe of that which God will provide tomorrow.
Gatlinburg will rebuild prettier than before. Her mountains will grow with the abundance that only soil nourished by ash can yield. Her people will have improved homes and churches within which to congregate and rejoice in the rebuilding that will inevitably occur.
Alabama, which was hardest hit by the recent string of tornadoes, will also reconstruct that which was lost. Her faithful will know that her fellow citizens and the Christian community writ large love them more than they ever knew. Whereas this year’s Christmas may not feel the same as previous Christmases, they will receive more from the love of a shared community response than any number of gifts that can fit under one tree.
And as for those who lost their lives? Rejoice! Do not feel sorrow. They are not being punished at all.
Christians know that they who lost their lives but accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior are now experiencing something that no left-wing atheist will ever experience: eternal salvation and paradise through Christ in Heaven.
Thus, when Leftists say that God is punishing the South for some contrived, worldly transgression, simply smile and move on. They do not know what you and I know. They do not understand that God the Father will not stand idly by and watch Satan rob His Faithful Community of Christians of that which He provides.
Our Lord God will intervene through prayer and build a stronger, more enduring legacy upon the ashes of that which Satan attempted to destroy eternally.
God is not punishing the South; Satan is trying to punish her for her collective faith in Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Christians will prevail and Satan will fail. He always does when it comes to those who have embraced Jesus fully.
God Bless all of you. May your prayers reach the hearts of those suffering now with the comfort that only Christ Jesus can provide.
Please share this post, if you are so inclined, especially with those who may be currently experiencing a crisis of Faith during the current travails.