I am perplexed about something. Shouldn't people against Christ be punished/disciplined, and Christ-followers not? Here is the situation. The weather has been mainly battering the red states--the Bible Belt states. While where I live in Southern California the weather has been fantastic this past year. We have gotten lots of rain but not up to flooding proportions. We have had no earthquakes except one this past week which was a small one and hardly felt. We've had the coolest summer here in decades, and the crime rate is low. Also, it seems that everyone I know is working and people are coming out here from other places to find a job. Meanwhile, in Bible Belt land, whole towns are becoming almost ghost towns with foreclosures and business and factory closings. Here the real estate market is booming, although the prices are down considerably. I live in an old condo built in 1947 originally as apartments. It turned into one of the first condos in my city in 1972. Most of the units are two-bedroom with only one bathroom and one parking space in the back. The city has approved so many condos on my street that there is hardly any parking for those of our residents who have two cars. We have to go to the laundry room in back to do our washing and drying and there is no central heat or air as our condos cannot be configured for that. So we have really old rattling furnaces and those small air conditioners in our windows. We still have the wood-paneled windows and the wooden screen doors. In the past three years, every condo here if it was priced right sold within two months. I am the secretary of the Association and I have people all the time come to see me to see if they can buy in here. I mean we keep our place up nicely and have a nice courtyard with a garden but it's nothing like the newer complexes in our area. My point is, we are wicked out here in this blue state. I live on the eastern tip of the (in)famous San Fernando Valley, the pornography movie capital of the world. This is where probably most of the American porn is made. No one tells anyone they are an evangelical Christian because they will think you are either a terrorist or a cult group member. And I am not exaggerating. The evangelical churches in my large area, with some exceptions, don't even preach the gospel anymore and so I have not a clue how someone becomes a Christian here. So why do we get off and you guys in the Bible Belt are going through hell? Anyone want to tackle that one?