Reaction to religious group’s blame for storm

Unbelievable! Simply unbelievable! God missed! He meant to destroy the evil of the French Quarter, but destroyed the rest of New Orleans, Biloxi, and many other areas instead. If this sounds stupid, it’s because it is stupid.

If Repent America was right in its assessment as to the cause of Hurricane Katrina, it must also believe that God missed. The problem is, of course, God doesn’t miss.

I am a conservative Christian. I believe homosexuality is evil in the eyes of God. It is declared evil in both the Old and New Testaments. However, to make such a leap that God sent Hurricane Katrina to destroy the city of New Orleans is asinine and disgraceful.

In the 300 years that span the Old Testament, only a few cities were ever destroyed. I don’t understand how one could possibly believe this naturally occurring hurricane was sent for the sole purpose of destroying those who embrace decadence in New Orleans.

Here is a section (verses 1-3) of one of the most famous, yet least practiced, chapters of the Bible (1 Corinthians 13): “If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but do not have love, I have become a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. And if I give all my possessions to feed the poor, and if I surrender my body to be burned, but do not have love, it profits me nothing.”

I believe Repent America is correct in its stance against homosexuality. However, statements not out of love like these only come out like noisy gongs and cymbals that are going to irritate and antagonize the very people they are trying to reach, and everyone else for that matter.

Let’s pay no more attention to these ridiculous comments, and let’s pray for and financially support those ravaged by this storm.

It will be a long road back to recovery. What the people of New Orleans need now is hope. Let’s help to give them hope instead of a guilt trip.

Stephen Johnson

Kenosha, Wis.