My wife, who likes to poke fun of my atheism, also is not a fan of fundies and her and her friends were passing around this video below featuring a Christian girl who thought the Japan earthquake was a good thing. This deluded young lady says she was praying for Lent that God would open the eyes of atheists (which I guess includes heathenistic Japanese?) and therefore the natural forces at work were actually supernatural. It all was for the greater good. She even suggests further that we should expect more disasters for the sake of Christ.
I wonder a little bit about this video since the first part is a natural explanation that leads into what may be the dumbest Christian girl on the planet–is this girl for real? Is this a hoax? Well, it’s not too unfamiliar. As this video shows in the end, more prominent figures have made fools of themselves by saying essentially the same thing. I’ve been told these arguments by Christians myself or heard sermons where natural disasters are somehow part of God’s plan to bring unbelievers to Christ. It’s a very disturbing viewpoint.
After watching this crazy Christian girl video, I decided to see what other Christian videos were being posted about the tragedy. Christians are quick to give to charity but it comes at a price–evangelizing. Justin Bieber’s song “Pray” got the treatment from a fan who put together a montage of scenes. Per one comment: “The point of this video is to show everyone what’s going on in Japan and that we need to help them. Even praying creates miracles.” As if prayer did any damn good or created anything. The real concept here is to pray after the fact–for forgiveness because Japan has been punished for not turning to God. Most Christians are careful not to explicitly say this, but they’re often thinking it.
This next video is morally sick. It features a badly sung song drenched in syrupy sweetness called “God is in Control” while rotating pictures and videos of the Japan disaster. So what does that mean? The insinuation is if God is in control that either he caused the earthquake or he heartlessly watched the earthquake as people were drowned and crushed to death. The sick part is that this person posting the video actually thinks this video show’s God’s benevolence and love? The video does the opposite, it’s ironical. I kept thinking when I saw the scenes of disaster put to gospel music, “God is out of control.” We could continue this theme by showing scenes from the holocaust with the same song or 9/11 or any terrorist act or natural disaster. God is simply exploitative or apathetic towards human suffering for the sake of bringing mortals to bow before him. He is in control like a dictatorship with too much power. What a petty version of God.
And then we have a more polished hip-hop entry called “He is Still God” which is a reminder of what? That God was still there when the earthquake happened and numerous lives were taken? Or God’s love is still there because God waits for disasters to strike, then picks up the pieces. It’s interesting that Christians like to give God credit for the aftermath and not the actual disaster–because isn’t God the creator? You can’t say earthquakes were made by sinful humans, that’s ridiculous. But inevitably that will be the claim by many Christians. Sin should be defined by human behavior towards one another and yet sin is treated as some sort of biological disease that causes all of nature to go haywire. Thus an easy out for God, the supposedly perfect designer.
Lastly, since I’m running out of room. Here is an opinion video that has not gotten too many views but has some homespun wisdom on how to deal with Christians who think God is punishing Japan. Amazingly, the one comment he gets is a pacifistic Buddhist who is concerned that he means for people to take him seriously.