Why the Oil Spill is Not an ‘Act of God’

Robert Parham had a good post at the On Faith blog of the Washington Post. He corrected some politicians who have called the oil catastrophe an “act of God.” Why do we blame God and defend BP, Parham challenges? He’s executive editor of EthicsDaily.com and executive director of its parent organization, the Baptist Center for Ethics. Here’s an excerpt from his post:

Six weeks after oil began gushing into the Gulf of Mexico, the United States faces what appears to be its worst manmade ecological disaster. Yet too few Americans have framed the issue in moral terms.

One exception is Gov. Rick Perry (R-Texas). He told the U.S. Chamber of Commerce two weeks after the BP eruption, “From time to time there are going to be things that occur that are acts of God that cannot be prevented.”

At a meeting, where Perry rambled against the government–anti-regulation, anti-health care reform, anti-taxation–and said trust the private sector, he chose predictably to defend BP and inexplicably to blame God.

Contrary to Perry’s morally absurd claim, God is not to blame for BP’s corporate greed, America’s sloth or prideful confidence in technological infallibility.

Traditional Christianity identifies greed, sloth and pride as three deadly sins–sins that manifest themselves in BP’s disaster. –Robert Parham

Read his whole post here.

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