Minnesota Tornado

I was in Minnesota last week.  Beautiful late September weather. I only wished I’d had my bicycle with me to ride on the wonderful trail system throughout the Twin Cities area. I saw no evidence of any storm damage.  The only hassle was that MSP International Airport is down to one active runway due to construction so that a minor sprinkle makes it tantamount to the horrors of Chicago O’hare.

This may be old news for you, but I first heard last week what happened one month earlier on August 19 as Minneapolis was hit with a tornado. There was no foul weather in the forecast. It was another beautiful day. But with no warning, a tornado hit and did roof damage to the downtown convention center where the Lutherans (ELCA) were meeting to vote in favor of allowing active homosexuals to serve as ordained ministers in their churches. Central Lutheran Church, right across from the Convention Center had its steeple split and the cross left hanging upside down.

Coincidence? I hope it is obvious that we don’t have enough insight into the actions of God to understand the specific purpose or meaning behind every accident or natural disaster, especially not to cast blame on the victims of such events.

But as America is led down the slide of moral degradation, it would be equally foolish to say there is no connection between the Minneapolis Tornado and the subsequent vote of professing Christians to defy Scripture and endorse a lifestyle of its clergy that the Bible unequivocally states is a disqualifier for the Kingdom of God. See 1 Corinthians 6:9-11. Equally evil or worse, it takes away the hope of those caught in sins of all kinds that they can be rescued and restored, And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God. 1 Corinthians 6:11

We must persevere with this example of Paul, speaking the truth with love. Sin must be accurately labeled for what it is.  Minimal standards for church leadership must be affirmed. The transforming, life changing Gospel of Jesus Christ must be proclaimed, giving hope to all who receive.

For further comment on this event and its implications, I refer you to an outstanding blog post by John Piper.

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