Barney Zwartz has written a great article. Here’s a taster; read the rest here.
CONTROVERSIAL Christian leader Danny Nalliah says the Victorian bushfires are a punishment for decriminalising abortion. Danny Nalliah is wildly wrong. He is wrong as a theologian, a thinker and a pastor, and has shocked and appalled both the mainstream community and the vast majority of his fellow Christians. They feel he has brought the name of Christ into disrepute.
At a time like this, the role of religion is not explanation; it is consolation. It is to seek to offer comfort and hope, a way of going on.
Uniting Church of Australia president Gregor Henderson speaks for most in saying Nalliah’s claim is ludicrous, abhorrent and misunderstands the nature of God.
Henderson says: “God is not punishing the people of Victoria, so many of whom lost their lives, and so many more of whom are working day and night to fight fires, support the victims and provide food, clothing and shelter. God is, in fact, there with the people, in the middle of their suffering; God is made known through the love that is extended to those most in need.”