I can’t understand why the only people who have been saying that God is judging the Republican party by throwing hurricane Isaac at their convention in recent days are people who are parodying conservative Christians’ typical rhetoric. Where are the actual conservative Evangelical Protestant Christians who are willing to at least try to give an appearance of consistency?
I mean seriously. Don’t most conservative Christians view Mormonism as a satanic lie, a distortion of Christianity? And given that Ayn Rand’s philosophy is Satanism without the ritual (to paraphrase the founder of Satanism, Anton Lavey – see the quote at the end of this post), shouldn’t conservative Christians at least be pretending to be outraged by not merely Paul Ryan’s love of Rand, but the entire party’s willingness to be influenced by her teachings? Is Joe Carter the only person calling attention to this among conservative Christians? And if so, why is he a lone voice? How can Pat Robertson not treat this as a sign?
I would love it if, as in the case of conservatives’ discovery of their confirmation bias in the case of David Barton, the quietness about the hurricane hitting Florida was an indication that a lightbulb had gone off, and all the rhetoric about Satan and storms was going to be revisited. Because personally I think such claims about divine judgment are misguided – spiritually, theologically, and meteorologically.
But I had a depressing feeling that as soon as a storm hits a gathering of liberals, or now that Isaac seems to be veering towards New Orleans, it will be back to business as usual. Is a little consistency too much to ask for?