Haiti, Pat Robertson, and Following Jesus

13 Jan

Yesterday, Port-au-Prince, Haiti experienced their worst earthquake in 200 years.  It registered at 7.0 on the Richter Scale, and there have been many aftershocks since that have further terrified a shaken and already deeply impoverished nation.  The scope of the earthquake is frighteningly vast, having been felt all over Haiti, the Dominican Republic, and in Cuba.  The death-toll will be staggering, as well, as The Drudge Report says there may be 500,000 dead.

As if they haven’t had enough garbage to deal with in the last 24 hours, Pat Robertson has decided that he’s figured out exactly why this has happened.  And it is all about Divine retribution because Pat claims that Haiti had a pact with the devil.  Interesting that he knows what God was thinking so clearly.  Pat also claimed in 2005 that Hurricane Katrina was God’s punishment for the sinfulness of New Orleans.  That is strange because God missed the really sinful part if that is true.  The French Quarter is where all of the crazy Mardi Gras celebrations happen each year.  Don’t you think that God would have hit them if he was really punishing New Orleans?  Strangely, The French Quarter was one of the only places that stayed dry when Hurricane Katrina hit.  Hmmmm…

I’m sick of talk-a-lot Christianity.  The truth is that we don’t know why Katrina happened or why the tsunami hit or why the earthquake hit Haiti.  But here is what we do know:

If we are to claim to follow Jesus, then we need to offer the most compassion and tangible assistance on the ground-level of ANY tragedy.

We can read our Bibles all day long and NOT be changed.  We can wildly speculate like Pat Robertson.  Or…we can take what we know about Jesus and actually do something with it.  What if we really did that?  Then people that make ridiculous statements like Pat’s would not be trending topics on Twitter and we could re-claim what I believe Christianity is actually all about.

Let’s try some Christianity with ACTION…otherwise known as Christianity.  Give money to New Life for Haiti and help some rural Haitians re-start their lives by re-building their homes.

My two cents,

Neil

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One Response to “Haiti, Pat Robertson, and Following Jesus”

  1. benjamin oglesby January 16, 2010 at 12:30 pm #

    mr.robertson need to come into the present of
    (THE REAL GOD IN CHRIST.)i pray that before he come before (god) he may be saved,for it’s sure he don’t know the (GOD)who made the heaven and the earth and all there in.yet there is hope for him if he repents.

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