After a weak F0 tornado touched down yesterday in Minneapolis and slightly damaged the Central Lutheran Church in Minneapolis, a Baptist preacher and a member of the Catholic Media Coalition sprung into action. The two representatives of the these conservative Christian religious organizations noted that in Minneapolis that day, some Lutherans had gathered to discuss the role of gay preachers in church leadership.
Coincidence? Not to James Mary Evans and John Piper! The pair declared that “Jesus Christ controls the wind, including all tornados.” They noted that yes, Jesus Hates Figs:
as the American justice system calls them: Acts of God… Perhaps a lesson from the fig tree — re-reading Mark 13: 5-6, 28-29 — occured Wednesday on 3rd street in downtown Minneapolis, Mn.
in order to come to this…
Conclusion: The tornado in Minneapolis was a gentle but firm warning to the ELCA and all of us: Turn from the approval of sin. Turn from the promotion of behaviors that lead to destruction. Reaffirm the great Lutheran heritage of allegiance to the truth and authority of Scripture. Turn back from distorting the grace of God into sensuality.
So “Jesus Christ controls the wind, including all tornados”, huh? And tornados serve as Jesus’ “gentle but firm warning” to “turn from the approval of sin?”
Well, what does this history have to say about the moral status of the Baptist Church?
1994: Deadly tornado forces weekly broadcast of the Meadowbrook Baptist Church off the air.
But you think that’s bad? Let’s get more recent:
2007: Tornado tears roof off the Greater Little Rock Baptist Church.
2007: Tornado destroys Valley Missionary Baptist Church
2007 Tornado heavily damages Kimball Baptist Church
2008: Tornado destroys Sharon Baptist Church.
2008: Tornado damages New Birth Missionary Baptist Church and Mount Gilead Baptist Church
2009: Tornado destroys Corinth Baptist Church.
2009: Tornado destroys the Salem Baptist Church.
2009: Tornado destroys the Hickory Grove Missionary Baptist Church and damages the Booker Chapel Baptist Church.
Many more destroyed and heavily damaged Baptist churches litter the landscape of the years.
How about Catholic churches?
2006: St. Patrick’s Catholic Church destroyed by a tornado.
2007: St. Joseph Church destroyed by a tornado.
2008: St. Matthew Catholic Church parish hall destroyed by a tornado.
You know, I can’t find any more recent tales of Catholic churches being destroyed. Maybe their parishoners are just less sinful than the Baptists. But neither the Catholics nor the Baptists would be advised to Lord it over the Lutherans for their tornado lifestyle choices.