With every major disaster, a pastor somewhere in Christendom cites the reason as judgement from God. I believe God judges nations and peoples, yet I’ve always felt uncomfortable to hear a pastor boldly claim that a particular catastrophic event is the direct result of a particular sin. This is very presumptuous of a pastor to say. Albert Mohler writes, in an article, “Does God hate Haiti?”:
He that prays only when he prays with others, would not pray at all, were it not that the eyes of others are upon him. He that will not pray where none but God see him, manifestly doth not pray at all out of respect for God, or regard to his all-seeing eye, and therefore doth in effect cast off prayer.