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Affluent Christian Investor | May 20, 2019

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Harvey Can Be a Judgment Without Being a Punishment

Soldiers with the Texas Army National Guard move through flooded Houston streets as floodwaters from Hurricane Harvey continue to rise, August 28.

Some thoughts about Harvey and the economy. Natural disasters don’t have to be economic disasters. When societies are unhealthy and brittle they often are shattered by hurricanes, tsunami, earthquakes. These disasters often trigger regime change or attempts at regime change. For example look at the book of Job in which the king, is subject to accusations by his ‘friends’ (ancient political language for cabinet of advisors – see the mob’s threat to Pilate ‘you are not friend of Caesar’s’). It was a power play against Job in response to volcanoes and hurricanes.

The Lisbon earth quake helped shatter the Christian consensus in Europe in the 18th century. An earthquake triggered regime change under Somoza in Nicaragua and led to communist rule there. In some sense Katrina triggered the end to Democratic power in the State capital.

Some thoughts about Harvey and the economy. Natural disasters don’t have to be economic disasters. When societies are unhealthy and brittle they often are shattered by hurricanes, tsunami, earthquakes. These disasters often trigger regime change or attempts at regime change. For example look at the book of Job in which the king, is subject to accusations by his ‘friends’ (ancient political language for cabinet of advisors – see the mob’s threat to Pilate ‘you are not friend of Caesar’s). It’s a power play against Job in response to volcanoes and hurricanes. I think we will see the resiliency of that in action in Texas. God will be glorified by their, and our, response to this disaster.

 

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