Out running errands this morning, listening to sports talk. A caller has an interesting take. He believes in God. He believes in destiny. And he knows that New Orleans is going to win the Super Bowl because they deserve it after Katrina.
So let’s deconstruct a bit, to make sure I understand the proposition here.
1: God lays a beatdown of (literally) Biblical proportions on The Big Easy. Sends the Archangel Katrina (you might remember her from the Noah story) to annihilate the city. Nard-stomps the place like it was Sodom and Gomorrah’s illegitimate gay love child. Then he blesses the city by sending its football team – just about all of who are stone-cold mercenaries who’ll be the hell outta dodge at the first sign of a better contract next season – with a Super Bowl win. This makes things shiny/happy for New Orleans. Well, you know, the parts that are still standing. I guess it’s kinda great for the hundreds of thousands who were displaced and have yet to return.
2: Or, maybe there’s an alternate theology here. Maybe God controls football, but not weather?
3: Wait. Didn’t I read somewhere that equally (perhaps more) devout believers are saying Katrina was God’s punishment on an evil city? Yes! Yes I did read that! I read it here (God retaliating for forced evacuation of Gaza – although it’s unclear how that was New Orleans’ fault), and here (N.O. lost touch with the meaning of Mardi Gras), and here (the city needed “cleansing” for all kinds of reasons – take your pick from sin and vice, police and government corruption, etc.), and all kinds of other places, too. So either God is lying to somebody, or he’s messing with our heads, or he’s confused, or he cares more about football than human tragedy, or I don’t know. The Lord works in Mysterious Ways®.
Oh well. Even though we may not understand it all, we have to respect people’s faith, I guess.