Fifteen minutes or so ago, I saw this tweet on my Twitter feed:
Lightning strikes creation museum http://t.co/XHKpXLlrQd
— HuffPost Religion (@HuffPostRelig) August 22, 2013
It’s no secret that in the past folks like John Piper, Pat Robertson and Fred Phelps have employed the argument that God has utilized natural phenomena to punish evildoers and warn Christians against complacency and complicity in said evil. It’s a tactic that garners headlines, boosts followings, and is lauded by well-meaning Christians.
A problem with the logic the underlies these arguments is that it creates a cause and effect scenario in which natural phenomena become the outworking of an angry, vengeful God who is trying to punish evildoers and teach those who have stood by and done nothing a lesson. It is a logic that sits comfortably and is easy to use as long as it is directed against ‘the other.’
Yet, you won’t find many who are willing to apply the same logic when it hits closer to home––the Creation Museum. I’ve already seen at least one tweet suggestion that God make have sent the lightning bolt to punish Ken Ham and Creation Museum backers for teaching creationism, and to warn conservative Christians against positing young earth creationism.
This wishy-washy approach comes across as especially distasteful when earlier, similar claims were made with such theological certainty regarding other natural phenomena. Yet, when others want to apply the same logic and theological argument to situations such as this, the once undeniable theological conclusion no longer applies.
Is it any wonder so many think that Christianity lacks credibility?