Monday, September 12, 2005

Supposed Prophets

The usual chorus of some who believe they are following a biblical prophetic model can be heard pronouncing that Katrina was God's judgment on New Orleans.

Some facts they miss:

1) Biblical prophecy of doom almost always preceded the event of destruction in order to bring about repentance - rather than following it as a way of heaping abuse on those who have suffered.

2) This was the position of Job's friends who insinuated that his calamity was due to his sinfulness. They were wrong, God was angry with them for misrepresenting him, and ultimately Job was the intecessor for them.

3) When Jesus encountered those who were suggesting that the Galileans were slaughtered by the Romans because of their sinfulness, he turned the conversation back on those making such suggestions. He denied that these after-the-fact claims were right in asserting that the Galileans were greater sinners. Seems those making such accusation ought to heed Jesus' warning.


Anthony Parker said...

Great point no. 1. Just noticed that Deutero-Isaiah (40:1) begins, "Comfort, Comfort my people," says your God. Even if someone is a prophet and this was some kind of judgment, the truly prophetic thing to do now is to comfort the sufferng.

Although there may be prophetic and priestly conflict in some contexts, I think the rule of thumb is that you have to be a priest before you can earn the right to be a prophet.

Frank Bellizzi said...

I'm glad you wrote this, Greg. Part of good preaching is contradicting the bad, as bothersome as that sometimes is. It sort of makes you wonder is such prophets have ever read the Bible.

By the way, go ahead and switch onto word verification. Doomsday is coming.

Southlake Student Community said...

Yep... You're on with the thoughts, Greg... even jumping forward into a communal/interpersonal model of conflict resolution, Jesus lays out in Matt. 18 the way to be reconciled to another, NOT the way to punish another.

We like to be silent Jonahs... we just can't help ourselves wishing divine judgement on other people... watching from the hillsides to jump and cheer the flames. If there's any good anecdotal evidence of a "fallen state of humanity" it must be that tendancy.

How does a reconciling/redeeming God keep getting saddled with vengeful, punitive hoards?