By Breanna Marcos
Evangelist Paula White, who has been described as Donald Trump’s preacher, sees a silver lining in the devastation wrought by Hurricanes Irma and Harvey.
“The storms may have devastated Texas and Florida, but look at how more people are praying and calling out to the Lord?” said White in a message on Facebook. “My church and website have both seen more traffic. So that’s a good thing.”
The recent hurricanes have led to bad publicity for evangelicals. Televangelist Joel Osteen was mocked and had to do damage control after he forbade flood victims from seeking refuge in his church. Osteen claimed that his church was flooded, but eyewitnesses contradicted this. Still, Osteen claimed he did the right thing.
Actor-turned-fundamentalist Christian Kirk Cameron has been criticized for his comments about the hurricanes. He seemed to admire the destruction.
“When he puts his power on display, it’s never without reason,” said Cameron. “There’s a purpose. And we may not always understand what that purpose is, but we know it’s not random and we know that weather is sent to cause us to respond to God in humility, awe and repentance.”
Rev. Mark H. Creech thinks the deaths and the damage caused by the storm are God’s way of teaching America a lesson.
“What then can we learn from these catastrophic events? I suggest we can learn the same lessons learned from any kind of suffering the Lord allows,” said Creech in a column in the Christian Post. “God can speak to us through disasters of various sorts, reminding us of who is in charge and our utter dependence upon him. He can sometimes be calling us to repentance, individually, corporately, as well as nationally.”
However, climate scientists have long predicted global warming would lead to more intense storms.