August 30, 2005

Katrina: I Will Not Be Subdued

Filed under: Random Stuff — Bob Gifford @ 8:10 pm

So I sat down after dinner to blog about the latest trends in progressive politics and Christianity, the declining approval ratings for President Bush and discontent with the Iraq War, the growing dissension among chaplains in the US armed forces, and other very topical and fascinating issues. But I clicked on a link to an MSNBC story on the latest from New Orleans and Biloxi, then I watched some video online, then I turned on CNN, and here I am hours later with no desire to blog about anything but the transient and unpredictable nature of human existence.

In Genesis 1:28 we find:

God blessed them, and God said to them, ‘Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it; and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the air and over every living thing that moves upon the earth.’

Now we clearly have dominion over all living things on earth, especially when you consider that the ability to doom a species to extinction qualifies as “having dominion”. But are we really able to subdue the earth? New Orleans is something like 10 feet below sea level, and it seems the Mississippi River and the Gulf are reclaiming what was once theirs.

A more appropriate verse, it seems to me, is Job 38:4-11:

“Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell me, if you have understanding. Who determined its measurements–surely you know! Or who stretched the line upon it? On what were its bases sunk, or who laid its cornerstone when the morning stars sang together and all the heavenly beings shouted for joy? “Or who shut in the sea with doors when it burst out from the womb?– when I made the clouds its garment, and thick darkness its swaddling band, and prescribed bounds for it, and set bars and doors, and said, ‘Thus far shall you come, and no farther, and here shall your proud waves be stopped’?

I think God’s dressing down of Job seems more appropriate tonight than God’s command to subdue the earth.

Let’s pray for the people of Louisiana and Mississippi for God to comfort them in their loss of property and of loved ones.

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