Poor Stewardship, Disastrous Results

Horrific natural disasters in the United States in 2017 incurred comparably horrific amounts of expense. While some Christians and others dispute any relationship between human behavior and earth’s haywire meteorology, careful Bible reading points to increasingly grave catastrophes and casts blame: the God who made us His stewards promises to return soon to gather His earth-caring faithful to Himself, and destroy “those who destroy the earth” (Rev. 11:18). The following statistics paint a picture of the dollar amount attached to the weather phenomena that caused disaster across the nation.

Southern tornado outbreak $1.1 billion January
Southeast severe weather $2.1 billion March
Southeast freeze $2.1 billion March
Central tornado outbreak $1.8 billion March
Midwest tornado outbreak $2.1 billion March
California flooding $1.5 billion March
Missouri and Arkansas flooding $1.7 billion April
Central severe weather $2.2 billion May
Upper Midwest severe weather $2.5 billion June
North Dakota, South Dakota, and Montana drought $2.5 billion Spring-Fall
Western wildfires $2.5 billion Summer-Fall
Hurricane Harvey $198 billion August
Hurricane Irma $65 billion September
Hurricane Maria $102 billion September
Northern California wildfires $9.4 billion October
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