// Haiti

There’s currently a debate raging over Pat Robertson’s comments on the situation in Haiti; Robertson basically asserted a few days back that the earthquake that hit the country was a direct consequence of the Haitians having sold their souls to the devil hundreds of years ago. Bad timing. Controversial theology. All of which makes Don Miller’s sane and compassionate response (which can be found here) essential reading, then…

But you only have to read the news coverage to accept that this is not the time to be debating theology. Even if – ifthey are the victims of “the righteous wrath of God”, well, so what? Does that mean that we are meant to simply leave them in the midst of this situation and get on with life?

The answer is obviously no.

Even if you believe this is God’s judgement, and that “judgement belongs to the Lord”, that doesn’t mean that (a) God doesn’t love the Haitians, (b) God doesn’t want them to hear the word or (c) that we aren’t called to be those modelling God’s truth in the midst of this situation. You only have to look at the news coverage to see that Haiti is rapidly descending into a type of living hell (which, by the way, God is not so big on), and we’re supposed to be the people who are doing something about it.

This obviously puts us in an awkward position, as aid is currently unable to get into the country – with the infrastructure basically destroyed, aid planes are being turned away, without the resources to unload or refuel them – and so our money won’t cut it. As ever, it’s difficult to see a solution. Debating theology in this case is a method of insulation from thatterrifying fact; there is no way for us to sort this on our own, and honestly, we need help that is beyond ourselves.

In Haiti, Twitter reports that “church groups are singing throughout the city all through the night in prayer. It is a beautiful sound in the midst of a horrible tragedy” (via @TroyLivesay). One man reported on the women singing hymns for the dead with the words “they sing because they want God to do something. They want God to help them. We all do.” There’s something in that.

I don’t know where God is in the middle of this, but i do know that it’s not the time to start analysing it so much as it is the time to start praying.

Things are massively dark in Haiti, and solutions seem impossible. But that doesn’t mean that we resign ourselves to that. We too start praying for revelation, for wisdom for the people in government and aid work who are trying to address this. It’s not going to happen by worldly means- we just don’t know how. That said, we believe in a God of miracles, a God of the impossible. I don’t believe, not for a second, that He has abandoned or forgotten Haiti.

Theology can come later- for now, this is enough theology to be going on with:

“We love because He first loved us.” (1 John 4:19)

It’s often said that when Biblical texts talk about “hate”, it literally means “to love less”. 1 John 4:20 says this: “if anyone says, ‘I love God’, and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen.” By that logic, we are called to love those in Haiti with the same energy, focus and dedication in prayer as we do in our personal relationship with God.

That, at least, is a starting point in working out how to deal with what is undeniably a tragedy in Haiti. Theology can wait for the moment. Prayer cannot.

Posted by Wordmobi

  1. Pat Robinson’s a dick. [/thread]

    • Tom
    • January 15th, 2010

    Short and concise as ever, Pete 😛

  1. No trackbacks yet.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: