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The Hand of the LORD in National Catastrophe

By Benjamin P. Glaser - Posted at Mountains and Magnolias: “If there is calamity in a city, will not the Lord have done it?” — Amos 3:6 Great Fire of New York - Image from Wikipedia In his sermon responding to the Great Fire of 1835 in New York City Reformed Presbyterian minister James R. Willson speaks at great length as to the reasons why there was such a wanton destruction of both material and buildings, even noting the way that the freezing of the water lines inhibited the fighting of the fire, and how Christians should respond to this tragedy. There is much to take from this work including his jeremiads against the violence done to abolitionists, the danger of preaching false gospels, and the sins of the United States government, all of which Willson speaks about at length in other sermons and letters. However what I would like to focus on in this post is something dealing not with the content of the sermon (which I highly recommend you read), but one of the theologica