As I typed the title, I became aware of the pun. Usually puns are funny, but what has happened in Haiti is not. The tragic pictures keep coming and coming. Americans and those from other nations have stepped in to assist the people affected by this cataclysmic event. Some people are coming forth as well with their conjectures regarding the reason for the earthquake.
The activist actor Danny Glover announced last week that the reason the earthquake happened because of the “failure of the Copenhagen Climate Summit.”
AP writer Mark Whittington reported:
“Danny Glover’s suggestion that the Earth itself somehow decided to erupt and kill and maim hundreds of thousands of black Haitians because a bunch of mainly white people couldn’t figure out a way to deal with global warming is mind blowing, to say the least.”
Many of us were shocked by Evangelist Pat Robertson’s assertion that the earthquake happened because the Haitians made a pact with the devil to become free from France back quite awhile ago
I don’t believe Robertson is a bad person, but his argument falls apart because he said very definitively that he knew it is the truth. How does he know that? And if it is true, following his line of reasoning, why didn’t it happen to that generation instead of now? It is difficult to connect the dots here.
Whittington, in the same AP article, defended Robertson in a sense over Glover. He wrote:
“What Pat Robertson said in his smear about the people of Haiti and a pact with the devil is bad enough, but at least there was a kind of twisted cause and effect going on there. According to Danny Glover, the Earth is such a vicious bitch that she decided to kill a bunch of people who had nothing to do with what seems to be irritating her.”
Today, our little socialist friend from Venezuela, Hugo Chavez, lays all the earthquake blame upon the United States. Apparently the earthquake is our fault due to an earthquake producing weapon.
Chavez stated today : “ the 7.0 magnitude Haiti quake was caused by a U.S. test of an experimental shock wave system that can also create “weather anomalies to cause floods, droughts and hurricanes.”
Oookay. We demolished a country so we could spend millions to restore it. That makes a lot of sense, but considering the source, not a huge surprise that such an accusation should surface.
The seers of misfortune are coming out of their corners. I suspect that we will witness more before this is all over. What I see is Americans of all faiths and persuasions reaching out to a devastated nation of incredibly impoverished people. Some giving aid have been in Haiti all along; some have arrived since the initial earthquake.
The cause? Having no qualifications or geological equipment, I have no idea.
I do know, however, that God has not forsaken these people any more than He has anyone living comfortably here in the USA, watching our big screen televisions, sipping our fine wines or whatever pleasurable luxuries we have.
It has been said that the poorest of poor in the U.S. would seem like a rich person to the average Haitian. If that doesn’t give you a moment to pause, I don’t know what will. Imagine the excess and abundance we have here. The mantra among many of us is to simplify down and get rid of the stuff.
As we read through Scripture, we see that many people suffered and faced excruciatingly difficult hardships. Some of us have faced insurmountable odds in our own lives. It is presumptuous to try to determine the causes of catastrophic events such as earthquakes, floods, volcanoes, and personal disasters.
In the book of St. Matthew 5:44-45, we read the following:
“But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.”
Scripture affirms that good and bad events happen to those who are righteous and don’t deserve it, as well as those who are not so righteous. The people of Haiti are children of God—probably some are righteous and some are not. Just like those of us in other countries.
The best thing is to know that God has promised in Psalm 23—“Yea though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil for thou art with me.”
He is with them all; He is with us. Are we with Him?