In our learned age, most people now regard a total solar eclipse as merely an interesting astronomical phenomenon, and many view it as a celebration time for "eclipse" parties. But when two total solar eclipses crisscross the United States 7 years apart and paint a giant "X" near the geographical center of the nation, the perceptive ones see something else: a divine warning.
Kirk Cameron, the actor, is one of the relative few who is perceptive. He said the hurricanes are "a spectacular display of God’s immense power" and He sends them for a reason.
"When he puts his power on display, it’s never without reason. There’s a purpose. And we may not always understand what that purpose is, but we know it’s not random and we know that weather is sent to cause us to respond to God in humility, awe and repentance," he said in a video on Facebook.
In stark contrast is Max Lucado's perspective here entitled "Hurricane Irma is coming. Where is God?" His counsel is to "celebrate God. It does you no good to obsess yourself with your trouble." Not one word is said about evaluating one's relationship to God which can clearly wax and wane. Tragically, I suspect many Christians are in Lucado's boat. However, King David - the man after God's own heart - clearly understood the ramifications of letting sin impede his relationship with God in Ps 51. More importantly, unlike so many Christians today, David sought to restore and strengthen the relationship that sin had dangerously weakened. He repented.
Abortion, homosexuality, transgender lunacy, same-sex marriage, adultery, rape, murder, pornography, political corruption, pedophilia, obesity (gluttony), alcoholism, drug-fueled binges, persecution of the church, mockery of Biblical values, greed, lust for power, violence and perversion are now all celebrated as attributes of an "open-minded" culture that has been "enlightened." Demonic behavior is increasingly the norm. Truth is mocked with Hollywood, the political elite and progressive liberals proudly leading the way. The relative few that sound a warning of the inevitable consequences are dismissed as crackpots. But the truth is that we can only spit in God's face so many times before His patience ends.
A few short days after the eclipse, Houston was devastated by unprecedented destructive flooding. And now less than 3 weeks after the eclipse, the most powerful Hurricane ever recorded in the Atlantic is bearing down on Florida with a direct hit on Miami looking increasingly likely. No doubt most today mock the idea that God actually judges; the prevailing view of the culture is that God almost certainly does not exist - and even if He does, is nothing more fearful than a doting Grandfather figure who winks at evil.
As I said ...... we can only spit in God's face so many times before His patience ends. And the end of His patience will not bode well for us.
Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin! (Ps 51:1-2, ESV)