“Here again are yet more events in the real world that are consistent with climate change predictions.” – Tony Jupiter, Director of Friends of the Earth.
Early Friday morning, the Washington DC area experienced a very rare earthquake. It was only a 3.6 magnitude on the Richter scale, which is all but a sneeze. It did shake a few houses and folks noticed it. No doubt, our California brethren were mocking the hubub over a 3.6 quake that amounts to a wake-up call out there.
The lead quote was not made in reference to the quake. Rather, it was made in reference to the 2004 Malaysian Tsunami – a devastating affair. Shortly after the Tsunami a number of environmentalist groups claimed that this was somehow “Mother Earth” lashing out against a polluting humanity. The director of Greenpeace said at the time “No one can ignore the relentless increase in extreme weather events and so-called natural disasters, which in reality are no more natural than a plastic Christmas tree.”
Of course, the enviro-whackos weren’t alone. Quite a few Muslim groups in Malaysia declared that the Tsunami was God’s wrath against the country for not being good enough Muslims. There were even some Christians who claimed that it was God’s wrath over a high abortion rate.
Now, we all know what caused the Tsunami – an earthquake. But what caused the earthquake? Was it the Earth? Was it God? If either of these, to what end?
It is certainly not inconsistent with Biblical thought to equate earthquakes with an indication of God’s wrath. Exodus, Numbers, Deuteronomy, Job, Judges – replete with instances of God’s wrath and earthquakes. Jesus warned of earthquakes as a sign of the tribulation. Does the Malaysian quake fit? Or how about the DC quake?
My point in all of this is not whether God, or Mother Earth, or who-knows-what caused these quakes as a sign of something-or-other … or whether it was just part of plate tectonics running its course. My point is that anything that is a “warning” would have to be a warning with purpose. That is, if God caused this earthquake to warn folks against this-or-that behavior, then surely it would be clear that it was a warning. How could such a thing be clear? Well, perhaps if somebody prophesied of its occurrence before it happened.
I know of no such instance though. All I’ve heard are post-disaster prophecies and interpretations. These may well be nothing more than people of various political/social/religious leanings shoehorning events to fit their worldview. This is of little value – the only thing it actually accomplishes is giving bloggers like me something to talk about.
As for the massive DC quake of 2010, I haven’t heard any official statements of nonsense yet. Sure, folks have left comments on news articles indicated that God intended the message for this or that, and they quite frequently disagree with one another. I’ll have my eyes and ears open though, to see if anybody is silly enough to actually use this as a political/religious warning of some sorts.
For those who would like to, fine. My suggestion is this. Call your shots early. Tell us it’s going to happen before it happens. Grand warnings always go better with an effective dose of “I told you so.”