Just how can one cope with devastation? Looking at the pictures and periodicals presented by the press, our emotions rise over the Haiti disaster. How awful it is to see people suffer and how helpless it is to try to be effective in meeting all of their needs.
Haiti is an example of the many devastating conditions that have existed in other parts of this world. It is these situations that create a diabolical effect and in contrast brings out favorable characteristics. We can read about those who are looting and abusing among the ruble without any concern for others. Then there are those who are attempting to aid the hurt, the mournful, the orphans and those who are facing death.
It has been said that Haiti is a country given over to devil worship consequently their needs are great even before the earthquake. It is reported nearly twenty people from the Salem, Oregon area left for Haiti before the destruction of that land in an effort to help and many more from the state had left previously.
The devastation did not begin with the earthquake. The extremely poor living conditions existed long before. As with many such countries we can look at the governing power and see the loop holes that invite less than a perfect environment in which to live and have a healthy survival rate.
So where does the real relief come from? It seems if removing unrighteousness and greed from the upper echelon of the countries would be a positive start. It is amazing how these enmities find entrance into such powerful positions. Could it be they start with money = power=greed=devastation of self and then loses sight of the obligations assigned to the office?
Our Lord did say, ‘the poor will be with you always’ but to the degree we are exposed to seems a bit overwhelming and unnecessary. The opportunity of ministering is a blessing and privilege yet in the hopelessness of attempting to reach the need of all is exasperating.
The financial help that is very often given is also very often misplaced as well as the other aspects of assistance. One has to ask how justice, honesty and physical help can be distributed fairly. It is not that there is a shortage of help, food or finances in this world, but I fear a shortage of righteousness and education.http://www.freewebs.com/audreyheagney/books What will it take to educate these people and tell them they do not have to succumb to such a lifestyle? There are several avenues to pursue none of which have not been addressed. A determined attitude of self-preservation as well as that of others would be a good start. Perhaps the most positive and effective approach would be to introduce the natives to their God – their real God who does not have a grave, a shelter or any witchcraft – just love, protection and salvation to offer. I pray this would one day be the majority and the majority would rule. Devastation would be known as an event of the past. While the future might not hold wealth, prestige and unjust dominance the present would reveal, health, freedom and salvation.