Kirk Cameron Draws Controversy for Hurricane Comments
"One thing we know about hurricanes and all weather is that this is not Mother Nature in a bad mood, this is a spectacular display of God's immense power," he said.
Kirk Cameron is making headlines after some controversial comments he made on Facebook about the recent deadly hurricanes in the Caribbean and Texas.
The former Growing Pains star and known evangelical Christian (and older brother to Candace Cameron Bure) took to his Facebook page earlier this week to give his take on the hurricanes while in an airport in Florida, which is currently bracing for Hurricane Irma, the most powerful hurricane on record in the Atlantic. Hurricane Harvey, which struck Texas particularly hard two weeks ago, has killed at least 70 people.
"How should we look at two giant hurricanes coming back-to-back like this?" Cameron says in the video. "Do we write them off as coincidence? Do we write it off as a statistical anomaly? Wow! Who would've thought? Is it just Mother Nature in a bad mood? I don't know how you think about it, but I think it could be something much more than all of that."
He quotes the biblical passage Job 37:13, stating that God "causes [storms] to happen for punishment, or to water His land and demonstrate His faithful love."
"One thing we know about hurricanes and all weather is that this is not Mother Nature in a bad mood, this is a spectacular display of God's immense power," Cameron continued. "When He puts his power on display, it's never without reason. There's a purpose. And we may not always understand what that purpose is, but we know it's not random and we know that weather is sent to cause us to respond to God in humility, awe and repentance.
"What this should be doing for all of us is causing us to remember that it's God who supplies our life, breath and everything else so that you and I would reach out to Him," he added. "So think about that, maybe share that with your kids when they ask why this is happening."
People immediately commented on the post, with some praising his words and others finding issue with them.
"You are such an inspiration to us all! God bless you and your family! God is speaking to us!" one user said. Another person commented, "God is great and controls all. This makes complete sense."
Another clapped back, "Well, maybe it's God punishing America for voting for a racist, self serving, ego driven President. The hurricanes are hitting two states who voted for him. Like you said Kirk...coincidence? I think not!"
When news of his post spread, some people took to Twitter to express their opinions. One person tweeted, "Hey Kirk Cameron, your hopes and prayers sound less than sincere when you call destruction of life a display of God's power."
Another said, "Kirk Cameron's god sounds like a dick."
Cameron's post has been shared over 12,000 times and has well over 3,000 comments as of press time.
Watch the video below.