Joseph Farah, owner and operator of WorldNewsDaily:
Many Americans are scratching their heads today wondering what in the world is going on with a rare earthquake hitting the East Coast to be followed by a hurricane a few days later.
It reminds us that our world can change very quickly.
Things don't always stay the same.
I'm going to go out on a limb and say that for most of us on the East Coast, next Monday will look a lot like two days ago. So I ain't buying the premise.
Occasionally God really does shake things up as a sign to us of the consequences of disobedience and indifference to our Creator.
Oh, come on. You don't really believe that.
Yes, I really believe that.
I welcome the ridicule that will inevitably come from a statement like that.
You're an idiot, Mr. Farah.
And you're welcome.
It sounds like foolishness to anyone whose life is not centered around the Creator of the universe.
There will always be mockers and scoffers, the Bible tells us.
But there's an old saying that applies, "There are no atheists in foxholes."
It's amazing what trials and tribulations can do for the soul.
We need them. They are for our own good.
No atheists in a foxhole, huh? So lemme get this straight. God, who created us, is trying to scare us into accepting Him…. by sending down 5.8 earthquakes? Yeah, THAT makes sense.
No, God doesn't want to ruin our day or take our life. He wants to give us every opportunity to take advantage of eternal life and fellowship with Him.
Yes, I really believe that we are all accountable to a sovereign God, maker of heaven and Earth. If we ignore His laws and disobey His commandments, there is a price to pay. If we keep doing it, we pay with our lives.
So the earthquake was just a warning sign, a shot across the bow — kinda like a horse's head in our bed.
"Gee, nice planet I created for you," says God. "Be a real shame if something happened to it."
I don't mind the wisecracks a column like this always provokes. I don't mind the darts and the brickbats. I really don't mind at all.
It's my job – as a follower of the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob – to proclaim the truth.
Well, yes, Joseph. Just a bit.
Look, this earthquake turned out to be a warning only, without loss of life or serious property damage. But there will be a bigger one coming, as everyone should understand.
Right. On May 21, 2011, wasn't it?
Your life can change dramatically in the blink of an eye.
I don't know what to expect from this hurricane on its way toward the East Coast. It could be devastating for some or nothing at all.
As could your car ride home from work. Or tomorrow's lunch. Or, or, or just about anything you can name that you might come across! Just saying.
Nevertheless, it's always a good time to get right with God.
Your life can be snatched away at any time without warning. So, when we get them, we should take heed.
Listen to God. Read His book. Obey the commandments. Listen to His voice. Seek forgiveness for your sins. Pray for the redemption of your loved ones. Pray for the redemption of your country.
I say this in love to everyone reading.
Right. You love me as you're telling me that God is going to kill me.
You can laugh about it. You can cry about it. But take the message seriously.
It is offered earnestly in love.
Yeah, I feel it.
Washington, D.C., deserves more than the wallop it got today. It needs a much bigger shaking up than it got. And I have no doubts that it is coming – unless there is a real change of heart in the leadership of this country.
"Basically, a meteor needs to come down and maim and kill millions of people in the D.C. area. Especially Georgetown. No, not a meteor. That's too quick and easy. A pestilence of some sort. A horrible plague that makes people suffer as black bile oozes from the eye sockets and they piss blood."
"I say this in love, of course."
But seriously, Joseph… HERE'S SOME FOOD FOR THOUGHT: The most serious damage done in Washington wasn't the crack in the Washington Monument; it was the millions of dollars of damage done to the National Cathedral.
So…. uh….. What happened there? Is God pissed at the church? Or did the infallible God just "miss"?
After all, if America doesn't face judgment soon, God will have to apologize to Sodom and Gomorrah. And God doesn't offer apologies.
So… then, he won't be apologizing to Sodom and Gomorrah.
He does, however, offer second chances, third chances, fourth chances …
Wait. How many chances? Sounds like I'll have plenty of them. What's the rush?
He's trying to get your attention. Are you paying heed? What will it take?
How about something that's NOT a naturally-occuring phenomenon like the shifting of tectonic plates underneath the earth's surface? Something like… oh, a talking rainbow unicorn?
Will your world have to be turned upside down before you recognize what's happening? Would even that be enough?
Turn the world upside down? Literally? Upside down in relation to what? Where's the "up" in space? (Joseph, you're an idiot).
I know. I know. It was just a little earthquake – and just another hurricane. They happen all the time. What are you making such a big deal about, Farah?
You're right. We escaped this time. No big deal. But when your world is shaking, you tend to think about the things that really matter.
"And that's when it's time for me to swoop in and take advantage of your fear."
And what really matters is our relationship with our heavenly Father, our Creator, the Lord of the universe.
He is trying to tell us something. His message is very clear. Don't say you weren't warned.
Really? His message is VERY clear? Really? How does this article start… oh yes…. "Many Americans are scratching their heads today wondering what in the world is going on with a rare earthquake hitting the East Coast…"
If we're all scratching our heads, I guess the message WASN'T very clear, was it? Because if it was clear, then we wouldn't need this article from you telling us what the earthquake meant, would we? Right?
Still, he's not as bad as the homophobic rabbi who things gays are responsible for the earthquake: