When a minor F0 tornado hit a church where gay rights activists had met last summer, Baptist preacher John Piper promptly wrote a 625-word essay explaining to his followers how the tornado was the expression of God’s wrath against gay people. Piper declared that “Jesus Christ controls the wind, including all tornados,” that God will exclude gay people from His Kingdom, and that the tornado was “firm warning” for gay people to stop their fornication. He particularly singled out the Lutheran Church for condemnation; a local Lutheran church’s steeple was cracked by the minor tornado, and Piper cited this as evidence for the religiously incorrect nature of the Lutheran Church’s allowance for gay congregants.
Today, a powerful tornado hit Mississippi with “utter obliteration,” as the Governor of Mississippi put it. Six people were killed. The tornado tore through and destroyed the Green Grove Missionary Baptist Church. Three of its crosses were broken apart, and Bibles were blown to the wind.
In the wake of this second tornado, Baptist preacher John Piper has issued no reminders that “Jesus Christ controls the wind, including all tornados.” John Piper hasn’t made any claims about this stronger, more deadly, massively destructive tornado being the instrument of God’s wrath against the sinful and religiously incorrect Baptist church.
I wonder why that is.
No, actually, to be honest, I don’t.