Over the past couple of weeks the floodwaters along the rain-swollen Mississippi river and its tributaries have already washed away crops, forced many to seek refuge on higher ground and closed some of the dockside casinos that are vital to the state’s economy. The state gambling industry is taking a hit, with all 19 casinos along the river being shut down by the end of the week, which will cost governments from $12 million to $13 million in taxes per month and put some 13,000 employees temporarily out of work.
I would ask, why is Mississippi’s economy so tied up in the casinos, which take the hard earned dollars of Mississippians and others in nearby states and turns it over to those who would get rich off the poor, who hope to make it big someday. Does not God’s word say, “The love of money is the source of all evil.” I am reminded of the Katrina hurricane, which took out many of the casinos at that time. I had been burdened in prayer about the gambling industry taking over Mississippi, and had prayed when I knew the hurricane was coming that God would wipe out the casinos, while he was at it. Now I am praying that since the flood is approaching MS anyway, that God will take out a few casinos with it. I had a dream several years back where I was swimming in a flooded river near New Orleans, and someone spoke to me saying, “A great flood is coming to New Orleans.” Now maybe this is just a dream that should be ignored, but it’s significance to me now is apparent.
After Katrina, I talked with a woman about New Orleans, who said, “We’ll build Sodom and Gomorrah right back,” when I suggested that maybe this was the judgment of God. Well, we may keep on building back what is evil and evil will never go away until Christ comes back, but God does and will bring judgment on an ungodly people, who allow their hearts and lives to be controlled by the love of money, and allow rampant evil to reign in their land. I don’t know whether this flooding is God’s judgment on us, but it sure looks like the plagues of Egypt to me. With the 9/11 terrorist attack, Katrina, Rita, the recession in our economy, the oil spill, the floods, the projected loss of food crops, etc. God’s words tells us that as the last days approach, tribulations will be like birth pangs, getting closer and closer together, and worse and worse until the time comes.
So I beg the Christians and non-Christians in this country alike to open your eyes and get on your knees and pray for this country to turn our eyes back to God. I fear what may happen in the future if we do not. The plagues will be worse and worse until we do. But God’s word tells us in II Chronicles 7:14,
“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble their hearts and come to me in prayer, searching for me and turning from their evil ways; then I will hear them in heaven, and forgive their sin, and will give life again to their land.”
“(CNN) — One by one, disasters have battered the Deep South in recent years: Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, horrific tornadoes, the Gulf oil spill and now a flood of biblical proportions on the Mississippi River. It’s as if Old Testament punishments have befallen the bayous, deltas and savannahs of a region that’s already scourged with staggering poverty. “We’re waiting for the locusts,” commented Kim Fritz, interim executive director of the Mississippi Casino Operators Association. “At a certain point, you have to go: ‘What else?’ ”
- Louisiana, Mississippi Urge Residents to Prepare for Flood (businessweek.com)
- Louisiana prepares for flood surge as waters close Mississippi casinos (cnn.com)
- Louisiana prepares for flood surge as waters close Mississippi casinos – CNN International (news.google.com)
- Poor taking brunt of Mississippi’s bulge (msnbc.msn.com)
- Nervous residents watch rising Mississippi River (cnn.com)
- How big is the Mississippi River flood? (msnbc.msn.com)
- Flood, disasters punish South, but locals say region shall rise again (cnn.com)
- Memphis sees river crest but downstream states worry (cbc.ca)
- Mississippi Waters Roll into Louisiana, Bearing the Ghosts of Katrina (time.com)
- Mississippi Flooding Raises Concern of Disruptions at Gulf Coast Refineries (abcnews.go.com)
- Southern states brace for flood (bbc.co.uk)