Quoting Quiverfull: Explaining Oklahoma’s Tragedy?

Quoting Quiverfull: Explaining Oklahoma’s Tragedy? May 23, 2013

by Jay Younts of Shepherd Press from “Mommy, will a tornado come to our house?”

Your children may have questions about the destructive tornado that struck Moore, Oklahoma this past Monday.  Your answer to these questions will impact the way your children think about God.

When something good happens like an unexpected gift or news that a biopsy was benign, it is not difficult to say that God is good. When someone who is obviously evil  experiences judgement it is also easy to talk about the goodness and justice of God.  But what about when the third massive tornado strikes the same town in 15 years?  This  third storm, an EF5 tornado, leveled neighborhoods and took the lives of children in their elementary school. Is God still good and just? What do you tell your children?

Deuteronomy 6:5-7 applies just as much to the tornado in Moore, Oklahoma, as it does to every other event of life. Remember, the emphasis of the love of God and his commands is to overwhelm the heart of the parent / teacher. Children are to be taught from a heart that desires to bring honor to God above all else. If you are unsure about God’s goodness regarding events like this recent tornado, you will give your kids an uncertain view of God’s rule in this world.

We live in a world that is in rebellion to God. All of the calamities that befall people stem from consequences of man’s rejection of God’s rule in his life. But, what about those who live in Moore and their children? Were they so evil that God decided to bring destruction upon them?

Christ addressed this exact situation in a discussion with his followers. Speaking of a recent event he reminded the disciples of the deaths of eighteen who died when a tower  in Siloam fell upon them. He emphatically proclaimed that the people who died were not more guilty than anyone else living in Jerusalem. Then Jesus brought the discussion back to what is really important in life. He used the these deaths as a reminder of the essentialness of repentance – without repentance, all will perish. So, along with the care and concern for those who experienced the tornado, we also have a larger perspective in which to understand God’s goodness.

Jesus’ words in Luke 13 provide a model for how to understand and talk about tragic events like the one in Moore. Oklahoma. Children are never too young to be taught about the need for repentance. Life is unpredictable and short.

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QUOTING QUIVERFULL is a regular feature of NLQ – we present the actual words of noted Quiverfull leaders and ask our readers: What do you think? Agree? Disagree? This is the place to state your opinion. Please, let’s keep it respectful – but at the same time, we encourage readers to examine the ideas of Quiverfull honestly and thoughtfully.

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  • texcee

    When bad things happen to good people … We all tend to look for explanations or someone to blame, but sometimes sh*t just happens, particularly when tornadoes are involved. Tornadoes are not evil, sentient beings, going after random murder and mayhem. They do not “attack” people. They are natural forces of the planet Earth. As cities spread out ever farther across the landscape, the odds go up that someplace, somewhere is going to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. The best we can do is be prepared, heed warnings, and take shelter.

  • Shadow Spring

    What I do NOT miss “Children are never too young to be taught about the need for repentance.” Uh, yes, yes there are children too young to be taught “the need for repentance”.

    You know who else does not “to be taught the need for repentance”? People who don’t go around screwing other people over. Good people, decent people. Yeah, I know the Bible says there is no one who is good, but it’s not true. I know a lot of good people.

    I am so much happier now that I am not hearing once or twice a week how my best isn’t good enough, my motivations are suspect even if I am doing good, or I am probably lying to myself if I don’t feel a burning shame over something, anything. Nope, I don’t need to repent. And it feels good.

  • Saraquill

    Nice how they ignore the bad things that happened to good folk in the Bible, like getting crucified. Disasters don’t just happen to the wicked.

  • Lyn

    Why can’t we say
    it was a devastating natural weather event. A home school meteorology subject might not go astray also but I shudder
    to think what they would teach. Weather is a part of our natural world not a
    weapon of God

  • Sara Lin Wilde

    We could also teach our kids about Tornado Alley, weather patterns, and the interaction between climate change and an increase in violent storms. Just sayin’.