The world is NOT ending - at least not today! GOD has not peeled back the ceiling of the Universe to direct the path of the latest hurricane. And, there is NO connection between today's weather patterns and your favorite biblical doomsday verse.
It's instructive to know that the turbulent times of antiquity and scriptures foreshadowing doom are anchored in theological perspective absent the scientific method of modernity. In other words, scripture writers attributing bad weather and terrestrial pressures to an angry GOD were ill-informed about the functions of our planet and that of planets in our solar system and beyond. To put it quite simply, when a hurricane churns in the warm waters of the Atlantic, they move to higher latitudes and ride a jet stream to a given location.
GOD is NOT using his finger and directing these high winds and rains at gay couples in Houston, Florida or any city or town in a hurricane's path. I really wish people like washed up actor Kirk Cameron and Conservative Evangelical Preachers would stop cheapening the awesome power of GOD by attributing the natural functions of our planet to an angry and ill-tempered entity in the sky.
As I've said before, GOD does not send hurricanes because of Man's sins. Every planet in our Solar system and beyond have destructive storms, atmospheric and terrestrial pressures.
For example: Jupiter's "Great Red Spot" - which is the size of two Earths - has been been barreling across the surface of that planet for the last 400 years. The planet Venus has been raining sulfuric acid for millions of years and its 860 degree surface temperatures are hot enough to melt lead. The planet Neptune has wind storms of methane "whirling" across its surface at speeds of 1,200 mph. Dubbed the "Great Dark Spot," Neptune's cyclonic storms move similar to Earth's hurricanes and typhoons. The planet Saturn has perhaps one of the largest storms in our solar system. So enormous and intense, Saturn's "Great White Spot" thunderstorm actually wraps around nearly the entire planet.
All of these destructive storms, atmospheric and terrestrial pressures are indicative of planets in our solar system, and that of the billions of planets in our galaxy and beyond. And as far as we know, there are no gays or sinners or social upheavals on Jupiter, Saturn or Neptune warranting GOD's storm-directing punishment to demonstrate his anger. So no, the "end times" are not upon us. Jesus was not seen hovering behind the last solar eclipse. And GOD has not peeled back the ceiling of our Universe to punish Houston, Florida and by extension the United States because of her gay citizens or social constructs or rejection of Christianity or because "Happy Holidays" has replaced the word Christmas.
So the idea that GOD is punishing the United States because of sin or as some self-serving politician suggested - because of voter disenfranchisment - is simply stupid. No, Houston is suffering because of the decisions of Man. If you want to place blame on the floods that ravaged Houston and potentially parts of Florida, it belongs squarely at the feet of developers that are destroying flood-absorbent grasslands. Blame belongs at the feet of city officials that traded wetlands and prairies for profit-driven development projects.
Yes, the blame falls on the back of planning boards and chambers of commerce and greedy developers that build cheap homes in low-lying flood prone areas. And even worse, our failure as a nation to adequately address our antiquated infrastructure. It's both disappointing and farcical that dams and levees built in the early and mid 1900s aren't being rebuilt or replaced.
Hurricanes, torrential rains, floods and storms are a natural function of our planet. The only destructive part of nature is OUR decison to stand in her way. This is NOT GOD'S punishment, these are Man's choices and decisions.