Wednesday, September 30, 2009

From an Oklahoma pastor

"On Wednesday, August 19, an unexpected tornado appeared and touched down in downtown Minneapolis. The following account was from an eyewitness:

On a day when no severe weather was predicted or expected...a tornado forms, baffling the weather experts-most saying they've never seen anything like it. It happens right in the city. The city: Minneapolis.

The tornado happens on a Wednesday...during the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America's national convention in the Minneapolis Convention Center. The convention is using Central Lutheran across the street as its church. The church has set up tents around its building for this purpose.

This curious tornado touches down just south of downtown and follows 35W straight towards the city center. It crosses I-94. It is now downtown.

The time: 2PM

The first buildings on the downtown side of I-94 are the Minneapolis Convention Center and Central Lutheran. The tornado severely damages the convention center roof, shreds the tents, breaks off the steeple of Central Lutheran, splits what's left of the steeple in two...and then lifts.

The timing was significant! At 2 PM, the 5th session was to begin. The main item of the session was "Consideration: Proposed Social Statement on Human Sexuality." The social statement was the prelude to a vote scheduled for Friday to decide whether practicing homosexuality is a behavior that should disqualify a person from the pastoral ministry. It was shortly before the vote that strong winds toppled trees outside the convention center and damaged the steeple of the church next door, prompting a speaker to quip, "We trust that the weather is not a commentary on our work.""


What do you think?

2 comments:

Helen said...

What do I think?
I have friends who are Lutheran who are very torn because their pastor IS a practicing homosexual who is pushing an agenda at the Church she has been a part of for the last twenty-one years. She was on the board for years, but the pastor has now loaded the board with supporters who were never part of the Church before she came, and are not participating in the monetary support of the Church. In other words, they're ringers.
This has caused my friend a lot of pain. She would have no problem with a program that recommends how to be compassionate and love the person, but not what they do, but this is about gay marriage and stuff.

Is the weather incident because God is mad because of incidents such as I described. I can't say. But I do believe He is angered when people put their agenda ahead of His IN CHURCH of all places...

dan worley said...

i think the weather was just being the weather and had absolutely nothing to say about homosexuality, heterosexuality, communism, republicans, democrats, beastiality, the state of the union etc.