Michele Bachmann, a Tea Party presidential candidate called the Mineral, VA Earthquake and Hurricane Irene “messages from God” during a campaign speech in Sarasota Florida on Saturday August 27, 2011. “I don’t know how much God has to do to get the attention of the politicians. We’ve had an earthquake; we’ve had a hurricane. He [God] said, ‘Are you going to start listening to me here?“‘ While her religious beliefs can boarder the extreme, such as her major source of income, a couseling clinic designed to pray the gay away, her demeanor didn’t allude to the notion that she meant what she said as a “literal message from God”.
Monday, August 30, 2011 she made a public announcement at a campaign event in Miami reiterating that, “I have a great sense of humor and I think it’s important to exhibit that humor sometimes when you are talking to people as well. Of course I was being humorous when I said that.” The comment however did not go over to well with the outraged public. Commenters from all walks of life have posted under articles in reaction to her statements.
- “Right, because God cares about the right wing agenda,”
- “God is wreaking earthquakes and hurricanes because politicians aren’t listening to the American people? Where is the straight jacket?”
- “God speaks to her! If that isn’t a clear example of insanity, what is?”
Though many are blowing her comments out of proportion, the truth is that according to the Bible, Bachmann may be correct. Many religious individuals see these devastations as a literal message from God, and they go straight to the Bible for their proof.
The Bible is full of natural disasters that God has sent unto his people because he was “sending a message”. The Flood is one of the first devastations God brings upon the Earth. According to the Bible, everyone but Noah’s family perishes. His message: “Humanity is wicked I destroyed it, and I can do it again”. Needless to say, God’s message through Noah was not remembered, and generations later, Sodom and Gomorrah are destroyed in a fiery explosion from the sky. “So the LORD told Abraham, “I have heard a great outcry from Sodom and Gomorrah, because their sin is so flagrant. I am going down to see if their actions are as wicked as I have heard. If not, I want to know,” (Genesis 18:20-21 NLT).
Later on, during Hebrew enslavement, Aaron speaks for Moses and the Jewish people and says, “Let my people go!” Pharaoh declines, and God sends plagues upon Egypt; thunder and hail, boils, livestock disease, locus and more. After Exodus, God speaks to Jonah, telling him to travel to the city of Nineveh to preach that they are wicked and that God is going to destroy the city in 40 days. Jonah runs away from the Lord, gets on a ship and tries to escape the voice of God. “But the Lord hurled a powerful wind over the sea, causing a violent storm that threatened to break the ship apart. Fearing for their lives, the desperate sailors shouted to their gods for help and threw the cargo overboard to lighten the ship,” (Jonah 1:4 NLT). God stops the storm when Jonah jumps off the boat after realizing it was his disobedience, which has caused the storm.
Romans 12:19 says it all; don’t take revenge into your own hands, for those who don’t follow God’s plan will be avenged by the Lord himself…Michele Bachmann may have humorously used the recent natural devastation in our nation as an irony to the “devastation” of our political system, but it makes no difference to those who turn to their Bibles for answers. The Bible is full of stories such as these. It begins to make the faithful wonder…“Fire and hail, snow and clouds, wind and weather that obey him,” (Psalms 148:8 NLT)