The other day in class, someone made the following declaration: “That’s not theology. That’s meteorology!,” he said. I love it- hence the inspiration for a new series here at the intersection between life and God, titled “Christian Meteorology.” We’ll feature the many and various, often ridiculous ways that we Christians take it upon ourselves to interpret the weather…but I need your help. Any time you run across bizarre comments made in response to natural disasters in our world, will you please send them my way (firstname.lastname@example.org)? We’ll post them here, as a kind of “watchdog” clearing house of sorts.
Today’s feature are the latest remarks made by chaplain John McTernan, whose website, “Defend and Proclaim the Faith,” has been blaming Frankenstorm Sandy on gays, Obama and Romney. Here is a blurb taken from Andrew Sullivan’s post, Christianism Watch, if you can stomach it:
“Hurricane Sandy is hitting 21 years to the day of the Perfect Storm of October 20, 1991. I write about this in my book as America Has Done to Israel. This was the day that President George Bush Sr. initiated the Madrid Peace Process to divide the land of Israel, including Jerusalem. America has been under God’s judgment since this event. Both of these hurricanes were cause by freakish weather patterns that came together to create [sic]
Twenty-one years breaks down to 7 x 3, which is a significant number with God. Three is perfection as the Godhead is three in one while seven is perfection.
It appears that God gave America 21 years to repent of interfering with His prophetic plan for Israel; however, it has gotten worse under all the presidents and especially Obama. Obama is 100 percent behind the Muslim Brotherhood which has vowed to destroy Israel and take Jerusalem. Both candidates are pro-homosexual and are behind the homosexual agenda. America is under political judgment and the church does not know it!”
Sullivan notes the beautiful display of irony here- a “punchline” that McTernan himself seems oblivious to: “The storm is projected to come right over my house, so it might curtail the prayer meeting if the power is knocked out.”