Just days before Hurricane Irma made landfall in Florida, Christian celebrity Kirk Cameron took to his Facebook page to offer his own take on the historic storm.
Speaking from the Orlando International Airport, Cameron claimed dual hurricanes Harvey and Irma are examples of “weather...sent to cause us to respond to God in humility, awe, and repentance.”
“How should we look at two giant hurricanes coming back-to-back like this?” Cameron mused in the video clip. “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.”
The former “Growing Pains” star shared a biblical passage from Job 37, stating that God causes storms to occur “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 said. “And 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.”
The video, which was posted on Sept. 7, had garnered over 700,000 views and more than 6,000 shares by Monday afternoon.
At the time of Cameron’s posting, Hurricane Irma had already devastated Caribbean communities, leaving at least 38 people dead and almost completely destroying some islands.
The storm made landfall in Florida on Sunday and moved on to Georgia on Monday. More than 5.8 million people in Florida are without power, according to the state Division of Emergency Management.
Officials have reported four storm-related deaths and are urging Floridians to stay off the roads.
Both Irma and Hurricane Harvey elicited some bizarre explanations from Christian public figures. Televangelist Jim Bakker claimed Harvey was God’s “judgment” on Houston, and he used the disaster as an opportunity to sell buckets of instant apocalypse food.
As Irma was approaching Florida, pastor Kevin Swanson reportedly claimed the U.S. Supreme Court could prevent the disaster by reversing Roe v. Wade.
Conservative commentator Ann Coulter said it was easier to believe that Harvey was evidence of God’s anger over same-sex orientation than to believe in climate change:
I don't believe Hurricane Harvey is God's punishment for Houston electing a lesbian mayor. But that is more credible than "climate change." https://t.co/K7d7mopY5Q?ncid=edlinkushpmg00000313— Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) August 29, 2017
- This article originally appeared on HuffPost.