The tragedy in Haiti has been tough to witness. I visited Haiti in my early twenty’s for a mission trip and was moved by the people that I met and ministered to and with. I remember being struck that it was not like anything I had ever seen. I remember going to the market in Port-au-Prince and seeing the Presidential Palace. To see it in ruins is heart breaking. Even more disturbing to me though have been some of the comments that have been in the public forum about God’s hand in all this. There have been people claiming to know the mind of God and even more specifically to know God’s mind towards the Haitian people. To say that God is punishing Haiti for the sins of their ancestors is really appalling in my opinion.
It is logic like that that allows people to sit in their glamorous homes and not be moved by the plight of the poor. “They deserve it, it is their punishment,” or “they don’t have to live like that, their choices keep them there”. There are over 2000 verses in the New Testament alone dealing with the neglect of and caring for the poor and yet many are never moved to do anything to help those that are in need.
“In this godless world you will continue to experience difficulties. But take heart! I’ve conquered the world.” – John 16:33