By Hilmar von Campe
74-years old Gloria Galway wasn’t budging from her second floor apartment in New Orleans, as Michael Perlstein reported, despite six feet of water lapping at her building and a rescue boat ready to take her in. “I got food, water, my two dogs and my Bible,” Galways told the rescue team. “God will take care of me!”
After pleading with Galway for five minutes, Hamilton “Ham” Peterson trudged through the water, climbed to Galway’s apartment and told her, “God sent us to get you.” That was the end of argumentation. Galway emerged with her dogs, purse and cane joining the hundred thousands of New Orleans refugees.
Watching live television showing the destruction and the indescribable misery of so many people reaches into your soul. At the same time, however, you notice a tremendous spirit to fight and restore emerging in the disaster areas of the states affected by Hurricane Katrina. A similar spirit of care and fellowship can be felt all over America. There are, I am sure, thousands of churches where the first Sunday morning worship after the hurricane hit, was used as it was in our church: for planning how to mobilize resources to help those who were left with nothing or severely harmed. The same happened on all levels of American society from the city councils to the federal government, individuals, organizations, companies, school children; millions are involved.
There are within America and especially also in the European media other efforts underway to blame the Bush administration for the “unpreparedness” of American society for such disasters, and use it to feed their anti-Americanism. But Americans are getting organized and will show the world how they respond to the catastrophe. Maybe things take a little longer here since American society is organized from the bottom to the top and not like all other countries of the world except Switzerlandof that have a government structure organized from top to bottom. . .
As far as the responsibility of government authorities is concerned, I am of the opinion that the mayor of New Orleans and the city council have known the vulnerability of their city for many decades and left it vulnerable. The same is true for the governor and the state assembly. To blame then the president that help is late is cheap. And where were the civil organisations of the city over the years? Couldn’t they have worked with their members of Congress if Washington needed to be involved in making New Orleans safe? I don’t think that God punished New Orleans for being a city of sin. The city suffered the consequences of irresponsibility. Our Constitution builds on moral and responsible citizens but people who depend on the federal government.for their existence will always cry for it’s help if things get tough.
But there are many people asking themselves whether there is a meaning behind the catastrophe. Had God something to do with it? Did God punish the United States for her participation in delivering biblical land to Muslim terrorists and expelling the Jewsfrom historical Jewish lands? Or is America’s moral decay and her separation from God, which closely resembles Israel in the Old Testament, the reason for punishment? Is Judgment Day close?
There was a letter to the publisher of The Mobile Register on August 8 from Willie Adams, which is worthwhile reading because it is relevant to those questions. I shall quote part of it:
“I’m tired of being controlled, licensed, regulated, registered, overtaxed, watched, screened, questioned, searched, tolled, imposed upon and interfered with, by a noisy government which was designed to be limited with checks and balances.”
One natural disaster follows the other. Could it be that America has lost her direction? Do you think that God likes what he sees down here? Could it be that He tries to get our attention and warn us? I can’t imagine that our Creator will approve that life He created in the womb of a woman is being terrorized and killed in her womb to the millions, and I am quite certain that we shall not win the war on terrorism unless we end the terrorism against the unborn at home. Do you think that he likes that the education establishment denying His existence teaches our children that they that are descendants of apes and that homosexuality is a legitimate life style? Are we a nation under God or just busy money making?
Think about it and about all those others points of Willie Adams. And find out in your hearts what God might see in your suroundings which offends His eyes and what you should do about it. It would be a blessing instead of a punishment if Hurricane Katrina could rally Americans to the very best of our heritage and national purpose, so that we deal with the perversions around us and make America a true lighthouse for the world.
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