- China and environmentalists are also to blame.
Ralph Drollinger, a minister who leads the weekly Bible study group for Donald Trump’s cabinet, says coronavirus is God’s judgment on us.
In particular he blames LGBT+ people, environmentalists and people with ‘depraved minds’.
However, the good news is that God doesn’t think America is as bad as Sodom and Gomorroah – yet.
In the Old Testament of the Bible, God destroyed those towns with fire and brimstone. Their crimes apparently were either gay male sex – sodomy – or not being good hosts, depending on who you listen to.
Writing in blog posts and a ‘Bible study guide’ online, Drollinger sets out his case.
He says coronavrius is an example of God’s ‘sowing and reaping wrath’.
Apparently divine anger splits into a top five. In at number one is ‘eternal wrath’, better known as Hell.
Meanwhile ‘cataclysmic wrath’ is at number three. It can be seen in the Bible stories of Sodom and Gomorrah or the Great Flood, which inspired Noah’s Ark.
By comparison, ‘sowing and reaping wrath’ is a mere level five anger.
But who is to blame?
Well, unsurprisingly, it’s lesbian, gay and bi people. Indeed, ‘a proclivity toward lesbianism and homosexuality’ is a classic sign of God’s level four ‘forsaking wrath’, according to Drollinger.
And he quotes the homophobic Bible passage:
‘For this reason God gave them over to degrading passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural, and in the same way also the men abandoned the natural function of the woman and burned in their desire toward one another, men with men committing indecent acts and receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error.’
‘Too many of the unfaithful have gained high positions of influence’
Drollinger wrote: ‘Relative to the coronavirus pandemic crisis, this is not God’s abandonment wrath nor his cataclysmic wrath, rather it is sowing and reaping wrath.’
But he says America is still a long way from Sodom and Gomorrah. That’s because most Americans are ‘faithful’ to God.
He adds: ‘Conversely, there is only a small minority of individuals who are grossly disobedient to God.’
But there’s another problem, Drollinger thinks:
‘Unfortunately for the vast majority of faithful individuals in America, too many of the unfaithful have been allowed by the faithful to gain high positions of influence in our culture: high positions in our government, our educational system, our media and our entertainment industry.
‘This is tragic, unfortunate, and costly.’
Drollinger’s Capitol Ministries non-profit organization runs the Bible study group.
It meets every Wednesday morning with members of Trump’s cabinet.
Attendees include Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, and Health Secretary Alex Azar.
Carson and Azar are members of the Coronavirus Task Force guiding the US government’s response to COVID-19.
The Intercept reports that Vice President Mike Pence, also a coronavirus task force leader is a listed host of Capitol Ministries.
Moreover, it says Drollinger’s study guides have provided Biblical justification for Trump’s most controversial decisions. Theese include its policy of separating undocumented child immigrants from their parents.