Sunday, November 18, 2007

What The Heck, Just Sue God

With the state of Georgia suffering from worsening drought conditions, Governor Sonny Perdue said early last week that he would pray for rain. On Wednesday he kept his promise and led a prayer group on the steps of the state capitol. And sure enough, on Thursday it rained. Not nearly enough to end the drought, but it's still pretty damn impressive!

So did The Almighty really make it rain? There are those who say that yes, He did, and that the rain is proof positive of His existence.

Interesting.... And, of course, the cold front coming down from Canada and colliding with the humid air from the Gulf of Mexico had absolutely nothing to do with the rain. And the weather forecasters who had forecast the rain days before the Governor's prayers just got lucky.

And only a real cynic--such as myself--would suggest that Perdue had heard that same forecast before he held his prayer session.

This raises some other interesting points, however. If the cold front that triggered the storms had been on its way south days before the prayers, were the prayers, in fact, even necessary? Or did God know ahead of time that the Governor would be praying for rain on Wednesday, and therefore launched the cold front five days earlier in anticipation of the prayers? And what would have happened if the prayer session had been postponed at the last minute? Would God have canceled the cold front in response?

And why did the lord even bother with the cold front? Wouldn't it have been a hell of a lot more impressive if he had made it pour rain out of a clear blue sky?

It should also be pointed out that this same storm system triggered a tornado in Kentucky and injured nine people in Tennessee. A Baptist church in Tennessee suffered damage to its roof because of high winds, and three children were hospitalized after being injured by flying glass.

Hmmmm.... If Governor Perdue is claiming credit for the beneficial rain, then shouldn't he also be held responsible for the accompanying destruction?

Maybe Kentucky and Tennessee should sue Georgia for damages caused by its governor's irresponsible prayers.

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