Religion and Hurricane Katrina

By: Meredith Taylor
By: Meredith Taylor

September 7, 2005
It’s a time when everyone wonders why, why did Hurricane Katrina destroy areas along the Gulf Coast? Location, the end of time? You may be hearing several explanations, but News 12 talks with a local pastor who weighs in on religion’s role.

“Yeah, there will be signs in the sun, moon and stars, on the earth, nations will be in anguish at the perplexity of the roaring and tossing of the sea,” said Pastor David Flemming, Warren Baptist Church.

A city almost completely engulfed by water, hundreds killed, and questions if Hurricane Katrina holds a place in this book.

“My personal interpretation, you cannot apply this to these particular events,” Flemming said.

A woman stranded in the Superdome makes the comment, “God is punishing New Orleans.”

“I don’t see that. I see this as a natural phenomenon,” Flemming said. “I’ve heard the expression Armageddon, heard the expression this is the end of time, apocalyptic. No, this was a hurricane.”

Catastrophic events and natural disasters. Pastor Flemming says they often provoke people to look for answers and ask tough questions, and sometimes they ask God.

Outside the Pastor’s office in downtown Augusta, when talking to people you’ll find mixed opinions about the role religion plays in disasters like Hurricane Katrina.

“You know, it’s inspiring you know the Bible, it can be taken for what it is, but I don’t think there’s a literal one to one correspondence to what the Bible says and what happens,” said Paul Sladky, Augusta.

And many ask, is the destruction of New Orleans the wrath of God?

“But who knows whether it is or not. I personally think it is, but that’s me thinkin’, but I don’t know what it really is,” said Willene Hooks, Augusta.

“You know, we ask ourselves the same question when a child is killed, you know did God make that happen or let that happen, and we don’t know,” said Emily Newton, Augusta.

And no way to know, so instead a message of truth. Beliefs that get us all though to tomorrow.

Following the hurricane, Pastor Flemming preached a sermon on the importance of friendships and relationship.

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