Hurricane Harvey: What Christians should do about natural disasters
Written by Miles McPherson
Hurricane Harvey is one of the most destructive storms in American history. It recorded more rainfall than any other, with 51.88 inches and, as of Wednesday morning, meteorologist Jeffrey Linder estimated that 25-30% of Harris County remains flooded. The city of Houston continues to focus their efforts on rescuing those still in harm’s way, and our hearts and prayers are with them.
Amidst all the worry and uncertainty, here’s what I know—God is still on the throne. He’s still in control, He has not forgotten about us, and He is not punishing Houston for their sins (He actually promised that He wouldn’t do that). Hurricane Harvey has not—and cannot—throw a wrench in God’s plans!
“…God is still on the throne.”
That being said, as of Wednesday, there have been thirty flood-related deaths, and thousands of people are now facing an unexpected uphill battle in the coming months and years now that many have lost their homes, cars, livestock, crops— and in some cases, their loved ones.
A situation like this might be leaving you and many others wondering what to do after so much has happened. Fortunately, the Bible tells us exactly what to do in such cases!
In Matthew 25 the Bible tells us that if we feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, take in strangers, clothe the naked, or visit the sick, it is like we are doing it to God himself. And those acts of love and mercy that what we do for “the least of these”— it is those things that mark followers of Jesus… those who will “inherit the kingdom.” (verse 41).
Furthermore, in James 2 the Bible reminds us that if our brothers and sisters are without clothes or food and we wish them well, but fail to tend to their physical needs, the faith we profess, lacking works, is dead. We are not known as Christians by our well wishes, but rather how we love.
That’s what we do in this family of God, the church! It’s in our DNA to love in practical, self-sacrificial ways. So let’s respond to the need of our brothers and sisters in Houston, and give generously, with a cheerful heart.
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