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News: What Did Jesus Say About Natural Disasters? By Joshua Rogers

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Several years ago in my hometown, a man was driving down the highway with his wife when a tree fell down across the highway, landed right on the cab of their pickup truck, and killed them both.

Later that week, I was in a church service in which the pastor referenced the freak accident and said, “Do you think that kind of thing happened by accident? There’s no way.”

I grimaced internally when he said that, wondering if the couple had any friends or relatives in the congregation. But as insensitive as the comment may have been, it hit a nerve for another reason: Christians like me are more comfortable invoking the idea of God’s sovereignty in good times than in bad. And nowhere is that more evident than in natural disasters.

We’re understandably uncomfortable giving God the credit when it comes to hurricane winds crushing helpless grandmothers in their homes or floods drowning children. If the winds and waves obey Jesus, why wouldn’t he step in and help all of those in harm’s way? Fortunately, Jesus provided some insight into this when he addressed a crowd and talked about a different type of “natural disaster”—one involving gravity.

“[W]hat about the eighteen people who died when the tower in Siloam fell on them?” Jesus asks. “Were they the worst sinners in Jerusalem? No, and I tell you again that unless you repent, you will perish, too.” (Luke 13:1-5).

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