Was God Punishing New Orleans?

Q. Thank you for answering all my questions. What do you think about all the people who say that New Orleans was being “punished” by God when it came to Hurricane Katrina? I feel like they are just trying to scare people into believing, which in my opinion is wrong. Does God still punish cities like the story of Sodom and Gomorrah.

A. Many believe that Katrina was the latest in a series of signs that God doesn’t like the way the US is treating Israel. Having demanded to be freed from the protection that came with being a Christian nation, America is flirting with the curses that God promised to those who curse Abraham’s descendants. Forcing them to give up land that the Lord commanded them never to give up is simply bad strategy. The relationship between this effort on our part and the natural disasters that have befallen us cannot be denied except by those unwilling to see.

That said, there’s no doubt that New Orleans, like several American cities I could name, symbolizes the depraved lifestyle that God has always judged in the past. Why would we not expect Him to do so now? Even so, the stories of His supernatural provision, especially within the community of faith, bear witness to His mercy, even in wrath. (Habakkuk 3:2) These are the things that draw men to Him, for it’s His kindness that leads us to repentance. (Romans 2:4)

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