The response to Hurricane Katrina and Rita set a new standard for prophetic apathy. There is no point in American history where we have witnessed a financial disaster of such magnitude that has not caused the general population to wonder if a supreme being is trying to tell them something.
Instead of seeing people turning to God, I've observed several examples of open defiance to the Creator. After Katrina struck New Orleans, Jon Stewart of Comedy Central's "The Daily Show" made a series of blasphemous remarks. In the first program to follow the storm, Stewart challenged God with an, "Okay tough guy" remark. In reaction to President Bush's call for a day of prayer, Stewart said, "Shouldn't we have a day of shunning the Almighty?"
In the days leading up to Hurricane Rita's landfall, Stewart and company topped their previous mockery. One reporter, when asked why we are having so many hurricanes, said, "God was just being some kind of a [short for Richard]." A couple of days later, Stewart opened a show by asking the creator, "What part of 'God bless America' don't you understand?"
I think it is fair to assume that the cast of the Daily show will not fare very well on Judgment Day. Because it takes silent Christians to allow such blasphemous remarks to continue over the public airways, believers need to be mindful of their own culpability.
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