Monday, April 27, 2015

Finnel’s Blog Post #2: Cross Amidst Tornado Aftermath

(Moved from moodle)

Recently a storm of tornados have once again raged through the state of Oklahoma. The storm left behind a trail of destruction with homes and businesses ruined. However, amidst the debris and ruin a young man by the name of Chase Rhodes tweeted an image of what appears to be a ‘cross’ hanging onto broken telephone pole wires. The sky is dark and cloudy and there is obvious debris laying on the floor. Rhodes captions the picture “Just found this after the tornado. God is with us.”
The picture went viral very soon after it was posted and currently has about 1500 retweets and ‘favorited’ by about 1900 people. It is clear from the Twitter post that Chase Rhodes is a man religion and appears to be conveying his faith and love for the Christian God. Unfortunately, time and time again history has proven to us that whenever the topic of religion is involved, controversy is bound to occur. As I browsed through the replies to the post, the majority were supportive and replied with positive feedback such as “God bless you, prayin for you and your family” and “God is not dead!” However, one negative reply from @CordieMendoza read “You think its awesome your god left electrical poles that look like a cross but who cares about the tornado?” It can be reasonable assumed that @CordieMendoza himself is not religious or at the very least not Christian. Like always whenever the religion is presented on a very open platform such as social media, more often times than not an argument will ensue about the validity of God.
In short, what started out as a simple image by a young man wishing to express his faith quickly spiralled into a common religious debate due to the virality of the picture.

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