So Australian pastor Danny Nalliah claims he knows what caused Victoria's devastating brushfires: laws legalizing abortion. His evidence? He dreamed about raging fires one night and got "a flash from the Spirit of God: that His conditional protection has been removed from the nation of Australia, in particular Victoria, for approving the slaughter of innocent children in the womb."
I don't think we have to go over this again, but just in case …
1) Cultivating an image of judgmental hatred doesn't make it easy to help people in need. It doesn't make it easy for others to help people in need. It is, as another Australian Christian argued, "appalling, heartless and wrong … [and] beyond the bounds of decency to try to make moral or political points out of such a tragedy."
2) Maybe "flashes from the spirit of God" shouldn't be so flippantly shared in a public way.
3) Don't try to support a "flash from the Spirit of God" with dubious proof-texting from the section of the Bible where God made a covenant with a nation (note – a covenant with Israel, not Australia) instead of individuals.
TagsAndrew Sullivan Apologetics Arts Atheism Barack Obama Belief Bible Book Review Books Capitalism Catholic Church Catholicism Charles Taylor Christian Christianity Christianity Today Church Conservatives Evangelicalism Evangelicals Facebook Faith God Gospel Coalition History Jesus Journalism Marriage Marvin Olasky Marxism Media Michele Bachmann New Sincerity New York Times Patheos Philosophy Politics Religion Religion and Spirituality Rob Bell Ross Douthat Same-sex marriage Secularism Theology United States
Subscribe to Patrol via Email