Friday, January 15, 2010

Hurting Haiti - A Christian Response Is Needed

Haiti is devastated, destroyed, demolished. Rubble is everywhere and the death toll is in the tens of thousands. As I write, thousands of professionals and concerned volunteers are pouring into the country to help. Death is everywhere.

Pat Robertson made a comment that "Haiti is cursed" referring to its spiritual oppression, being classically identified with voodoo and other witchcraft. He also made some remarks that show some compassion for the dual victims of same - spiritual victims and physical victims of this massive earthquake.

It was, once again, poorly received, and I don't blame anyone for taking offense. I don't think Robertson utterly wrong [about the evil influences] but rather tactless.

Haiti has suffered much under corruption and evil in the hearts and minds of its leaders for decades. It is a frail, abused child, warped and devastated by those who should be caring for it but have been raping it of its natural splendor. That IS NOT the legitimate role of the government folks.

The Dominican Republic [photo, right side] resides in verdant glory as its neighbor, providing a stark contrast: they have the same island, the same opportunities, but even from satellite photos one can see how much worse Haiti was even BEFORE this earthquake.

If I were on my old debate forum, I suspect some aggressor would ask the foolish question if I thought God was punishing Haiti.

I would have to reply: "Well, if He is, He sure is sending a lot of His kids to comfort them in their affliction, don't you think?"

Hurricane Katrina was a disaster for the city of New Orleans - but that was because the levees broke and flooded the city. And that happened because greedy men did NOT listen to the warnings given them.

When God judged a nation in the Old Testament, we see that He would send a prophet to warn ahead of time. The message was simple: "Repent! God is coming to judge!"

And it was sent to POWERFUL nations, or city-states, so very full of themselves and their 'unstoppable might': Nineveh, Sodom and Gommorah, Egypt, Israel, Assyria, etc. not small messed-up countries.

Listen to John the Baptist, cousin of Jesus Christ, preaching what repentance means. Pay attention to what he wants each person to do:

Luke 3:7-14
John said to the crowds coming out to be baptized by him, "You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath? Produce fruit in keeping with repentance. And do not begin to say to yourselves, 'We have Abraham as our father.' For I tell you that out of these stones God can raise up children for Abraham. The axe is already at the root of the trees, and every tree that does not produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire."

"What should we do then?" the crowd asked.

John answered, "The man with two tunics should share with him who has none, and the one who has food should do the same."

Tax collectors also came to be baptized. "Teacher," they asked, "what should we do?"

"Don't collect any more than you are required to," he told them.

Then some soldiers asked him, "And what should we do?"

He replied, "Don't extort money and don't accuse people falsely—be content with your pay."

In other words, John told everyone: be generous and stop being so damnably narcisistic. Get some compassion for the other guy. If you have authority, do not use it to abuse.

Again: he told the two most well-known and hated employees of the Roman government: stop ripping people off! [But he never told them to quit their jobs. Just to do them right.]

He told the people: you have enough! Give the excess away!

This is the repentance we must practice in America. We must repent of our greed and callousness. We have so much - and thank God we are giving a lot of it away - we don't need help; we need to help.

Did Haiti get itself set up for such a disaster by unwise choices, false gods, wicked practices? Even the most kind and generous must admit it's not their first choice on the Carribbean itinerary. [OK, some joker will argue, but when I say 'Haiti' if the first word that comes to YOUR mind is not 'voodoo!' you are a rare bird indeed.]

But when someone is lying on their deathbed with cancer, it is a FOOL who thinks it is apropriate to say 'See? I told you you should've stopped smoking!"

Haiti was the devil's playground; it was ripe for a disaster.

The disaster has come.

Therefore, now is the time for all who call on Christ's name to aid them, to show His love and to rescue as many as they can from darkness - both spiritually and emotionally as well as physically.

I suspect the country being judged is US, not Haiti.

God loves Haiti. And now is the best time to show her she can trust Him.

Nothing gets rid of false idols like the Real God showing up.

Especially through His children.


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