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Uniting Church says now is not the time to blame

Uniting Church President Rev Gregor Henderson
The President of the Uniting Church Rev Gregor Henderson has today expressed total abhorrence towards organisations and individuals claiming that the devastation caused by the Victorian bushfires is the result of a vengeful God.

“The horror and grief we are continuing to experience as these fires rage on are the horrendous results of a natural disaster and the possible devastating consequences of human criminality,” said Rev. Gregor Henderson.

“The God we worship is a loving, peaceful God who is slow to anger and demonstrates forgiveness and love through Jesus Christ.

“To suggest that the loss of life from these bushfires is the reaction of God towards the Victorian people for decisions made by Government is not only ludicrous, it misapprehends the nature of God, the giver of life.

“God is not punishing the people of Victoria, so many of whom lost their lives, and so many more who are working day and night to fight fires, support the victims, and provide food, clothing and shelter.

“God is, in fact, there with the people, in the middle of their suffering; God is made known through the love that is extended to those most in need.”

Mr Henderson said that in the weeks and months to come, it would be vital for the Australian community, including churches and other faith groups, to continue to band together to support the people of Victoria, offering comfort, service and love.

“It is through the generosity of organisations and individuals who are working hard to protect and care for the many victims of this devastating event that we see God at work.

“We believe that God embraces all those who are suffering and those working to alleviate such suffering, with love and peace.”

Photo : Uniting Church President Rev Gregor Henderson