Whenever natural disasters occur, Christians such as Tony Perkins, above, who heads a hate group called the Family Research Council, tend to lay the blame on sin in general – and abortion and homosexuality in particular.
But Perkins, who was forced to flee his Louisiana home this week when it was hit by a flood of “near biblical proportions”, this time chose not to blame the gays, saying instead that those affected by the deluge should see it as an opportunity for Christians to celebrate the fact God considers them “worthy of suffering for His sake”. Louisiana should, in his words:
Use this as an incredible, encouraging spiritual exercise to take you to the next level in your walk with an almighty and gracious God who does all things well.
Perkins’ home was one of over 40,000 that bore the brunt of floods that hit Louisiana and Mississippi. More than 20,000 people needed to be evacuated.
According to Christian Post, the far-right Christian and his family had to flee their home in a canoe, which was towed by a motorised boat to a nearby church that was being used as a shelter. But the church was not prepared to accept Perkins and his litter – he has five children – and turned them away.
Perkins posted a message on his church’s Facebook page reminding the Christians of the power of prayer in moments like these.
I thought of Job and his response to the overwhelming loss that he faced when Satan sought to test his devotion to God. Job said, ‘Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return there. The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; Blessed be the name of the Lord’.
And in the last chapter (Job 42:10) we read ‘And the Lord restored Job’s losses when he prayed for his friends. Indeed, the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before’.
Perkins said he and his family have been forced to live off “God’s provisions” in his motor home that withstood the the flood.