The destruction in Oklahoma is real. The lost lives, lost homes, lost livelihoods are broadcast all across the internet and television as the nation watches. It’s heart-wrenching, as is the wake of any natural disaster.
And of course, most posts on social media sites are asking the nation to pray for Oklahoma. I’ve seen several that include some kind of “God be with Oklahoma” petition.
Here’s the thing… by their own faith (and by insurance companies), this deadly tornado is considered an act of God. Now, they’re asking God to be with them? If there was such a force, God would be the reason OK is not okay.
This smacks of classic biblical hypocrisy. The old testament God is vengeful and harsh. He’s a sadist. There is no forgiveness and you will take anything he throws at you. Sit in submission and love it. That’s the way things are.
Then Jesus came along in the new testament and suddenly, God was changed. He was forgiving and loving. He understood you and only wanted what’s best. God had been through anger management courses and was really willing to put aside all the previous damage inflicted.
It may as well be a testament to domestic abuse, which is wildly unpopular in today’s society (although too prevalent). God flies into a fit of rage and then destroys an unassuming population. Then, when the storm passes, instead of kicking his ass to the curb like any self-respecting person should do, people start calling out for him. They cry out for God to protect them. To comfort them. To be there with them.
The reality is that God didn’t cause the storms that tore through Oklahoma this week. God also won’t put any of it back together. God is merely a panacea, and a weak one. Prayers won’t undo the damage that was caused, and they won’t put food on the table for families with nothing. Prayers are for people who don’t want to offer anything of actual use, but need to spread a balm over themselves to feel better about their own survivor’s guilt.
To help Oklahoma, keep your prayers to yourself. Or pray that God stays out of Oklahoma.