As my home city was ravaged by rains, the likes of which we hadn't had in over 100 years, a former boss asked me this - Why is God angry with Chennai?When natural disaster strikes, those who have any form of theistic belief system often ponder this- Was God angry? Knowing that most of us have a belief in some form of God, I had been expecting the question and it did not surprise me. But I did struggle to articulate my response which was based on an inward knowing, the truth I had held on to myself in face of devastation all around.
My belief is quiet simply, we have no way of knowing the thoughts and purpose of God unless He reveals it. So it's really quiet illogical to conclude God is angry when he could also have been wanting to prune, mould and draw us close through the episode. Vicissitudes often bring out the best in us and that indeed has happened in the case of Chennai. For one, we realized society isn't as heard hearted and selfish as we had imagined it to be. Many have discovered, perhaps for the first time, the joy that only sacrificial love for neighbor can offer.
Secondly, many of us discovered the immense joy of being disconnected virtually so we can be connected really. For the first time in several years, families ate, conversed and basically hanged together without distractions of television or world wide Web. This was an experience of a lifetime for many which we would have missed had it not been for the 3-6 day long total power outages.
Those who have lost much in the floods need not have to carry the burden of a false assumption that the injury they suffer is due to some kind of wrong they did in the past. It may or may not be. Only God knows and we ought not waste our time judging ourselves or others based on this half-baked hypothesis. Only God sees the heart and only God knows His ways. If you feel prompted to examine your life and self, by all means do, with the light of the Holy spirit. But please don't attempt to figure out for another. God loves each one of us like there is only one of us. Thats the fact of life. Sooner you understand that, sooner you ll be on to better and more useful hypothesis than "God is angry with Chennai".