Last week when lightning struck a zip line attraction at the creation museum, I wrote a post making fun of the fact that we’re always hearing how such incidents are God’s message for something, usually The Gay. So what message was God sending then? Ken Ham scurried over to the Christian Post to express his displeasure and to say absolutely nothing that engaged with my point at all.
A number of secular bloggers took the opportunity to poke fun at the news story, suggesting that the incident was “God’s message to Ken Ham.”
“The Christian right is constantly telling us that natural disasters, storms and personal tragedies are examples of God sending a message to us that we’re not doing his will. So what will the message be now that God apparently struck an employee of the Creation Museum with lightning on the job?” Ed Brayton of FreeThoughts (sic) Blogs wrote.
“Hmmm. Is God telling them that the non-religious zip lines are an abomination? Or maybe the whole museum is?” the blogger continued.
Hey, they got something right. I did indeed say that. And now for Ham’s entirely pointless response:
Responding to that post, Ham explained that disasters and personal tragedies happen due to God’s judgment stemming from the sin of Adam, as found in Genesis in the Bible.
“Romans 8.22 makes it clear the whole world groans because of our sin. The fact we get sick and die is because of God’s judgment on sin! But praise the Lord, God had a plan from eternity to save us from the consequence of our sin – He paid the penalty for our sin and offers us a free gift of salvation (Romans 10:9),” the Creation Museum president added.
He also clarified that the injured worker was an employee of the company that runs the zip lines.
“Violent storms are a reminder we live in a fallen world – and a reminder we are sinners – and a reminder we all need salvation,” Ham concluded.
No, Ken. Violent storms are a reminder that we live in a natural world, one with an atmosphere and weather patterns.