If Noah lived in the United States today, things would be very different.
“In one year I am going to make it rain and cover the whole earth with water until all is destroyed. But I want you to save the righteous people and two of every kind of living thing on earth. Therefore, I am commanding you to build an ark.”
In a flash of lightening, God delivered the specifications for the ark. In fear and trembling, Noah took the plans and agreed to build the ark.
“Remember,” said God, “You must complete the ark and bring everything aboard in one year.”
Exactly one year later, a fierce storm cloud covered the earth and all the seas of the earth went into a tumult. God saw Noah sitting in his front yard weeping.
“Noah,” He shouted, “Where is the ark?”
“God, please forgive me!” cried Noah. “I did my best, but there were big problems. First, I had to get a permit for construction and your plans did not comply with the codes. I had to hire an engineering firm and redraw the plans. Then I got into a fight with OSHA over whether or not the ark needed a fire sprinkler system and flotation devices. Then my neighbors objected, claiming I was violating zoning ordinances by building the ark in my front yard, so I had to get a variance from the cit planning commission. I had problems getting enough wood for the ark, because there was a ban on cutting trees to protect the Spotted Owls. I finally convinced the U.S. Forest Service that I needed the wood to save owls. However, the Fish and Wildlife Service won’t let me catch any owls, so, sorry no owls. The carpenters formed a union and went out on strike. I had to negotiate a settlement with the National Labor union. Now I have 16 carpenters on the ark, but still no owls. When I started rounding up the other animals, I got sued by the animal rights group. The objected to me taking two of each kind aboard. Just when I got the suit dismissed, the EPA notified me that I could not complete the ark without filing an environmental impact statement on your proposed flood. They didn’t take very kindly to the idea that they had no jurisdiction over the conduct of the Creator of the Universe. Then the Army Corps of Engineers demanded a map of the proposed flood plan. So, I sent them a globe. Right now, I am trying to resolve a complaint filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission that I am practicing discrimination by not taking godless, unbelieving people aboard! The IRS has seized my assets, claiming that I’m building the Ark in preparation to flee the country to avoid paying taxes. I just got a notice from the state that I owe them some kind of user tax and failed to register the Ark as a “recreational water craft.” Finally, the ACLU got the courts to issue an injunction against further construction of the Ark, saying that since God is flooding the earth, it is a religious event and therefore, unconstitutional. I really don’t think I can finish the Ark for another 5 or 6 years!” Noah wailed.
The sky began to clear, the sun began to shine and the seas began to calm. A rainbow arched across the sky. Noah looked up hopefully.
“You mean you are not going to destroy the earth, God?”