Changing religion to fit money and politics is standard fare in Christianity. A nifty two-step is going on over the Houston flood.
When there is a President from the Democratic Party, a catastrophic weather event will be attributed to God’s punishment. With Houston under water we heard Franklin Graham and Dobson saying things like, “Gosh, what a bit of bad luck there. Thanks to all the volunteers helping out.” Dobson even said we should not politicize the event.
Wait a minute. Houston has the largest gay organization in Texas. Surely that would make God mad and cause him to drown Houston? But no, in the new conservative Christianity God loves gay-friendly Houston and feels sorry for its bad fortune.
My imagination gave me this hypothetical conversation. Preacher A and Preacher B meet for coffee. Preacher A says, “Gosh, that was quite a storm God sent to Houston. It’s good Houston was punished for its sins. People will behave better because of what God did there.”
This bothers Pastor B. “No, the flood in Houston was not caused by God. Hurricane Harvey moved in and dumped several feet of rain on Houston. Hurricanes can do that.”
Now Pastor A is upset. “We always blame hurricanes on sin. What gives here?”
Pastor B says, “Look, Texas went for Trump. We all prayed first then endorsed him. How could God punish Texas for doing what God wanted it to do? It can’t be punishment.”
Pastor A agrees this hurricane was not punishment for sin. The others were.