Lasting Effects of Hurricane Irene Still to Come

posted by Jael Ever @ 14:00 PM
August 30, 2011

 For those strongly dismayed that local and federal governments made too much fuss over Hurricane Irene, several questions seem appropriate.  Have the roads to their homes been washed out, leaving them stranded?  Are their houses flooded on the first floor, the second floor, nearly up to the roof?  Are they sick, in need of medicine, but suffering on an island town with no way of getting help from the mainland?  Have they been without electrical power for the last 48 hours, and understand that power may not be on for at least another week?  Are they stranded in a mountain retreat with no hope of rescue until water levels go down?  Is the sewer system of their town inoperative because of invading flood waters?  Are they struggling with insurance companies to receive full compensation for property loses?  Do they have family members or friends among the 40 plus people who have died from Irene’s blast?  Or do they understand that it may take years, for people and communities to recover from the effects of Hurricane Irene, or that some in Louisana and Texas have yet to recover from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita?

 Can they comprehend the diseases that Irene leaves behind?  Moreover, do they understand that a labyrinth of treacherous power lines, cracking trees, airborne and infectious diseases, toxic mold, and water logged homes and businesses surrounds them?  As they try to clean out their home and rescue a few salvageable items, do they find it hard to breath because of the mildew and black mold now creeping up the walls of what little of their home they have left?  Are they constantly scratching legs and arms because of microbes picked up from contaminated flood waters?  And have they found some bottled water to drink,  rather than the filthy water around them?  After all there is no way to light a stove and boil water to drink.  As the warming sun comes out and they breathe in the stinking air around them, are they now swatting at mosquitoes who have suddenly appeared.  Do they know which of these annoying insects carries vector-borne diseases like West Nine Virus or Dengue Fever?

 If the answer to these questions is “no,” instead of complaining, they should thank God, because they are among a very small percentage of those on the East coast not affected by Hurricane Irene, and that number gets smaller by the day.  Regarding conclusions in the last edition of this blog, it is not a matter of politics or lack of fiscal responsibility for which God is speaking to the United States.  It is a matter of the very future of the nation’s worldwide leadership, and even more importantly of the souls of some 400 million people.  Nothing about the Christian message should be trivialized for political gain.  Bible prophecies continually stress that “God is Love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him” (1 John 4: 16).  True Christians love all people.  Thus, those who claim to know Him must repent for twisting His love in order to attain earthly glory.

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