Haiti Response

Posted: Friday, January 29, 2010 in John, New Testament
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John 21:15-17
When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you truly love me more than these?” “Yes, Lord,” he said, “you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Feed my lambs.” Again Jesus said, “Simon son of John, do you truly love me?” He answered, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Take care of my sheep.” The third time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, “Do you love me?” He said, “Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Feed my sheep”.

On Jan 12, 2010, the tiny island nation of Haiti was shaken up by the largest recorded earthquake in it’s history with over 3 million people affected, over 170,000 dead and over 250,000 injured and homeless. This is a tragedy of epic proportions and it is wonderful to see the way the people of the world have supported the people of this nation and continue to do so. This morning, my classmate posted a link from the UK press which condemned Rev Pat Robertson who spoke on CBN’s 700 Club about the Haitian’s pact with the devil in 1791 in exchange for freedom from the French which might have been the reason for the country suffering to date. I was eager to respond to this but decided to reflect on God’s word to see what the Lord had to say.

When Jesus was crucified wrongfully, followers of Christ would have wanted to fight and rebel against the temple leadership and all those who caused this wrong. Even today, there are many who vehemently condemn the faith, Jesus and anyone who follows it and we would want to react. However, the Lord did not die but was raised from the dead as the scriptures foretold! Therefore, we have no reason to hurt and hate anyone because God was glorified. In the same manner, Christ visited the disciples 3 times after his death and dint ask them to avenge his death but rather to share the gospel with the world, to care for God’s children and to supply their spiritual needs. In the Haitian context, I believe we should be offering a hand through prayer, resources and any other support to show these people that the Lord loves and cares for them dearly.

In His Loving Service,

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  1. Suphil Philipose says:

    From the very first days of human history as we know it, humans have always feared the unknown. From the civilizations that have been recorded, there has always been a deity. As we know from Indian civilisations, our fore fathers worshiped nature, the sun, water, wind and fire. People still do. The Mayas and the Incas had their own belief system. Every continent had their own unique understanding of the world as they knew it. Religion can be good to humanity, without religion our culture and heritage would be so poor..Humans have benefited from the communal spirit and solace that faith can provide especially during times of grieving. But the million dollar question is which religion is the correct one??Just as Jesus has led you out of difficult situations, and allowed you to find peace with yourself. Millions of Hindus would claim that lord Shiva, Krishna and the other million gods has had the same effect on them. Buddhists believe in karma, If you follow the eight fold path, one could achieve nirvana, and escape from the vicious cycle of rebirth. Muslims believe in the teachings of Muhammad (the four pillars of faith) almost identical to what the bible says, except that they actually walk the talk. The Jews are still waiting for their messiah..If you can prove that all the other peoples faith, except yours have been wrong all along the way, and they would go to hell because they don’t have Jesus in their lives, then we are talking..Now don’t tell me it is so because the holy book says so, every other faith would argue the same way. The bible clearly says that God is Love; God is mercy – where does retribution come into it?? That’s interference of man isn’t it?? a scripture written by various artists hundreds of years after metaphoric events has no basis for reasonable logic – Money is god according to wall street and to most evangelists now that’s reasonable logic. People who believe in the bible have the right to claim that it is the word of god, In the same way Muslims also have the right to claim that the Quran is the word of god. And there starts the conflict. Who should I believe and why should I????

    • ServantBoy says:

      Hi Suphil

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts and asking big tough questions like is there God, who is God and which God is for real. Like you, I asked these questions for years and was always confused by the fact that followers of each religion found their peace in following what they believed and each religion seemed to show the way to God. As children, we were brought up with an open mind and were exposed to different belief`s, shared in the customs of each faith and celebrated with all like secular India was supposed to behave. However, I always had the desire to know but dint know how to get the answer. Deep inside, I wanted to believe in a higher power because no one seemed to be able to control time and space and superman was just one person.

      Each faith focussed on immorality of man and how we could bridge the gap. Most faiths required followers to do good, be good, give alms, perform certain rituals, offer sacrifices, make pilgrimages, etc. to rid us of our sinfulness. However, man continues to sin and therefore this cycle never ends. Some faiths taught a belief in self and required followers to see the god within and use that knowledge to positively affect their surroundings. All of this sounded great but it still seemed to me like the controls were in our hands. I could do all of it and seem perfect to my neighbour but I could actually not be getting any more righteous in my ways. If I believed, I wanted to believe in a God who was worth my everything because he had to be beyond the amazing, love us more than anyone could, show us a way to living that dint require blind rituals, have a role model that was perfect and had a way to maintain our goodness.

      In Jesus, I found all of that. I experienced Jesus through my wife’s family. They were the most loving people I had met, seemed to be happy with the little things, enjoyed togetherness to celebrate God’s goodness to them, supported each other endlessly and always tried to share this same joy with those around them. This seemed to me more meaningful and so I explored. In Jesus I found a deep and intense love, I found answers to the question of why we were created and what our purpose is, I finally met my superman who was wanting to be everyone’s superman if they let him and because he was omnipresent, was able to. His love is so amazing that I feel silly having doubted and his sacrifice so great that I’m forever indebted.

      To an unbelieving person, it sounds too farfetched but to one who experiences God every moment of their day, it is a new life itself. I don’t mean to demean or disrespect anyone’s views but this is my joy and happiness and I am happy to live with this choice knowing that I will suffer for it because the world will never see me as sane 🙂

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