Myanmar Cyclone

Charter news says that the death toll from Cyclone Nargis that hit Myanmar this past weekend has risen past 22,000 people, with the homeless possibly numbering up to 1 million people. It is mind numbing.

Although word is still coming in on details, we have been informed that many of our own church members lived in those areas hardest hit.

The reasons for concern are obvious, both for our members and for all the others suffering such devastation.

As if it needs to be said, prayers would be appreciated.

3 thoughts on “Myanmar Cyclone

  1. I was horrified to see the news reports progress over several days. First a surprisingly small number of known deaths (which was encouraging, although every life is precious and I found myself hurting for every one of them), then hundreds, then tens of thousands. It never occurred to me that our brethren might live in the path of that thing; I thought they were well up in the hill country.

    Things like this make the human mind wonder about God’s justice, mercy and faithfulness, and sometimes even about God’s existence. Yet I’m reminded of the following biblical insight:

    (Proverbs 19:3 ESV) When a man’s folly brings his way to ruin, his heart rages against the LORD.

    The natural world and man’s governance over it were never designed to operate apart from God’s miracles (intervention above nature) and God’s providence (intervention through nature). Because our first ancestors rejected God’s rule, their descendents have had to suffer and die in countless ways, even through “natural disasters”. Yet few have thought to blame humans themselves for the human condition — they only blame God (or some concept of God they’ve invented for themselves).

    It’s true that God is sovereign even over the weather, as the last chapters of Job, Psalms 148, etc. point out. While not presuming then to know what’s on God’s mind in this situation, maybe one of the factors He took into consideration was the general non-theism and paganism on the one hand and the political abuse on the other in that part of the world? Some people brought this possibility out when the infamous tsunami hit the region several years ago. Some of the hardest hit regions were places where some of the worst abuses have been going on (including severe persecution of anyone daring even to bear the name of Jesus Christ).

    One potential lesson to be learned here is that when leaders sin, they often bring consequences on their followers long before they bring consequences on themselves. Consider what happened in the biblical story of the ten plagues before the Exodus.

    (I really ought to get a WordPress blog of my own instead of taking up space on your own! 🙂 Working on it…)

    יוחנן רכב

  2. I keep reading about the Myanmar government keeping their country a closed society (like North Korea?). Hopefully, the church can help its members. Any news in that regard would be useful.

    The previous comment reminded me of Hurricane Katrina. You build a city below sea level, and you build it right in the middle of hurricane alley. Guess what might happen?

    One article said that New Orleans had been enjoying unusually benign weather for several decades. As a result, government officials had let the levees fall into a state of disrepair.

  3. rakkav

    As I probably don’t need to mention (or do I?), estimates of the death toll (depending on the timing of the report) are anywhere from over 50,000 to over 100,000.

    (WordPress blog up and running, by the way… )

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