Reflections on US tornadoes: Are natural disasters judgments from God?

This is a sticky question, and one I’ve struggled with.

Were all of these churches somehow in need of judgment? Despite the Scriptures bandied about, I have significant problems thinking of all tornadoes (and natural disasters in general) as the judgment of God. I prefer the approach of C. S. Lewis: God has made this world a dangerous place in part because only in the context of danger do eternal issues of character come to the fore.

What do you think? How do you reconcile this?

Justin LongReflections on US tornadoes: Are natural disasters judgments from God?