Tower in Siloam Falls; 18 Killed

Or those eighteen, upon whom the tower in Siloam fell, and slew them, think ye that they were sinners above all men that dwelt in Jerusalem? I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish. Luke 13:4-5

A friend of mine said something yesterday about Katrina being the wrath of God on New Orleans, a la Sodom and Gomorrah. I suspect many Christians entertained this thought to some extent. After all, New Orleans is known for immorality, licentiousness, sensuality, greed, voodoo, crime, etc. There’s a reason people go to Mardi Gras, and it has nothing to do with little plastic beads.

Whether or not Katrina was the wrath of God does not, IMHO, mitigate any Christian duty we have to alleviate the suffering of those hurt by it. I don’t know that God every warns His people to first think real hard about _why_ a particular thing happened to a particular person. We’re called to do good as we have opportunity. In fact, it is possible that one purpose God had in this is for the church to care for those in need.

I’m not sure that my friend was wrong in his assessment of this hurricane. But if we focus on trying to figure out why God sent this destruction, we’ll miss a more important point. In comparison to the holiness of God, my town of Bells, TX is not significantly less wicked than New Orleans, Las Vegas, or San Francisco. I deserve this judgment, and worse, for my own sins. The question is not why God destroyed New Orleans, but why He chose not to destroy us all.

God sent this. “I form light and create darkness, I make well-being and create calamity, I am the LORD, who does all these things.” (Isaiah 45:7, ESV). A Christian response is to recognize that God is behind this, comfort those we can, and call ourselves and others to repentance.

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4 Responses to Tower in Siloam Falls; 18 Killed

  1. Hooser says:

    Good post. I agree that we should not use this as an opportunity for casting judgement on those people. That job belongs solely to God. God may be using this a judgement on some people, but he may and probably is using this to sanctify some, save some, and even teach some of us on the outside where we are lacking in our Christian charity and where we could put some practical feet on our theology by physically helping them.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Remember, Christ doesn’t do much analysis re Siloam….he simply says to the questioner(s), “Unless ye repent, ye will likewise perish.” So, there does seem to be some connection between temporal events and our degree of submission to the King…..however the man born blind miracle is the reminder that the connection may not always be as it appears.

  3. steve nixon says:

    I agree…the message is to view these calamities as warnings from God for man to take notice and repent. Like minor quakes before the ‘big one’. These should be ‘wake up calls’ but sadly are only viewed as ‘natural disasters’ even by the church world.

  4. Akachi says:

    Thank you for this write up..I trust in God with all my heart..Seeing the death and devastation the earthquake has left on Haiti, i found some reasonable answers to the true meaning of Jesus’s parable about those that perished at the tower of Siloam which was the only Bible passage I felt could profer answers to my aching heart

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