Is God at hand with these hurricanes? It's not a popular viewpoint, but it is a biblical one. While at the airport leaving Florida to escape the coming Hurricane Irma, outspoken Christian Kirk Cameron (best known for his childhood role on "Growing Pains") posted a video to Facebook that has people reacting very strongly.
"How should we look at two giant hurricanes coming back-to-back like this?" Cameron asked. "Do we write them off as coincidence? Do we write it off as a statistical anomaly? Wow! Who would've thought? Is it just Mother Nature in a bad mood? I don't know how you think about it but I think it could be something much more than all of that."
Cameron then referred to Job 37:13, stating that God "causes [storms] to happen for punishment, or to water His land and demonstrate His faithful love."
"One thing we know about hurricanes and all weather is that this is not mother nature in a bad mood, this is a spectacular display of God's immense power," Cameron said. "When He puts his power on display, it's never without reason. There's a purpose. And we may not always understand what that purpose is, but we know it's not random and we know that weather is sent to cause us to respond to God in humility, awe, and repentance."
"What this should be doing for all of us is causing us to remember that it's God who supplies our life, breath and everything else so that you and I would reach out to Him," he said. "So think about that, maybe share that with your kids when they ask why this is happening."
E! Online shares that Cameron's comments drew intense reactions that swung both sides. These are examples of some of the very critical ones:
"Amazing. He actually thinks a god murders people with weather events, in order to teach them humility. Kirk has an impressively twisted mind," wrote one user.
"So you are leaving Florida?" another user said. "You don't trust your God to keep you safe and give you peace, security & strength in the midst of the storm? Haha. Hypocrite."
"Kirk, with all due respect, you are out of your ever lovin mind!!!" another person wrote. "Absolutely NUTS!!! CLIMATE CHANGE!!!"
But others agreed with Cameron.
"Perfectly said Kirk Cameron!" one person wrote. "You honor the Lord with your words. It's all for His Glory. Safe travels."
"Thank you Kirk! I live in Central Florida. God has blessed me with great peace as we await the arrival of Irma," other user said. "Thank you for sharing the scripture also. Your words have perfect timing!"
"People's comments are so mean," another person wrote. "This man had the courage to say what his faith has taught him . Maybe others should follow his actions in their lives. Thank you Kirk."
What do you think of Cameron's video? Share your thoughts in the comments! Thank you! Another Hollywood star just did an amazing act of kindness for a fellow actor's family. It's so heartwarming to hear about these Good Samaritan deeds!