Last week, right-wing preacher Lance Wallnau called on God to turn Hurricane Irma away from the coasts and back into the ocean.
That didn’t work. Irma hit large parts of Florida, and while the worst case scenarios didn’t pan out, Irma did plenty of damage that will seriously affect how Floridians live and work for the foreseeable future.
So what do you do if you’re Wallnau and you publicly prayed for Irma to do no damage? Do you admit it didn’t work? Do you question whether God listened to you?
Of course not. Wallnau claimed last night that his prayers diverted the hurricane’s path.
“I’m happy for what we were able to see happen with the hurricane in Florida,” he said. “I’m telling you, this hurricane went where the Everglades is instead of where Miami is. It’s like, boom, prayer moved it.”
“It went from a category five to a four to a three to a two to a one,” Wallnau celebrated. “It’s an amazing intervention of God and we have to praise God.”
This makes as much sense as thanking God after a car accident because the victims were left paralyzed instead of dead. When it comes down to it, you’re still thanking God for ruining lives a little less than He could have… even when He (supposedly) had the power to ruin no lives.
If the devastation caused by Irma is the result of prayer working, Wallnau should rethink the goodness of his God.
And, by the way, every single hurricane, no matter how powerful it gets, eventually loses power. No hurricane stays at Category 5 forever. They lose strength over time. That’s literally how hurricanes work.
(via Right Wing Watch)