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HAITI…IS GOD MAD OR WHAT?

Haiti Earthquake

January 12, 2010 may be recorded as one of the most catastrophic days in modern history.  Of course, along with events such as this come those with opinions as to  why the catastrophe occurred.  Pat Robertson, President and Founder of CBN(Christian Broadcasting Network) has taken quite a bit of heat because of the following statement:
“And you know Kristi, something happened a long time ago in Haiti and people might not want to talk about it. They were under the heel of the French, uh you know Napoleon the third and whatever. And they got together and swore a pact to the Devil. They said we will serve you if you’ll get us free from the French. True Story. And so the Devil said “OK, it’s a deal.” And they kicked the French out. You know, the Haitians revolted and got themselves free. But ever since they have been cursed by one thing after the other, desperately poor. The island of Hispaniola is two nations on one island. It’s cut down the middle. On one side is Haiti, on the other side is the Dominican republic. Dominican Republic is prosperous, healthy, full of resorts, etc.. Haiti is in desperate poverty. Same island. Uh, they need to have, and we need to pray for them, a great turning to God and out of this tragedy. I’m optimistic something good may come.”

It is important to contrast WHAT Robertson said with WHEN he chose to say it.  Both Conservatives and Liberals, Christian and Non-Christian seemed to be offended by his words.  A closer reading of his words, however, does not seem to specify that the earthquake occurred because of the pact made with the Devil.  Rather, his hope seems to be that the culture of Haiti can be redeemed by a collective, national repentance, and return to God, a nation seemingly devastated by many wrong choices in the last two hundred years.
One would not have to study Haitian history long before realizing the social, moral, and spiritual decline in the nation after the tragic day they made the demonic pact.  The evidence that they actually made the pact can be seen everyday.  Multiplied millions of dollars have been given by nations such as the US, but the corruption in the government has become a channel to line the pockets of the already rich, while the poor seem to get more poor.  Once, considered the ‘Queen of the Caribbean’, because of her rich supplies of Mahogany, the land is now barren, a virtual dust bowl, with the air around Port-Au-Prince estimated to be 40% feces.
So…why Haiti?  Why them and not us?  Was the earthquake God’s judgment on a nation steeped in superstition and the occult?  Whether or not this cataclysm is the judgment of God may have to be reserved for an historical perspective rather than a prophetic one. While both Biblical history and prophecy are replete with instances of God using cataclysmic events to gain the attention of his people, I am reminded of a passage found Luke 13:1-5.  The context of this passage has to do with the coming judgment of God upon his people.  Jesus chastised his listeners for being able to predict inclement weather, while they failed to ‘read the signs of the times’.  The disciples offered a question for the Master concerning two tragic situations.  One, the fate of the Galileans, whom Governor Pilate killed and mixed their blood with the daily sacrifice.  Two, Jesus referred to the eighteen persons on whom the tower in Siloam fell and they perished. With reference to the judgment he posed a question that I will offer as a possible answer as to whether or not God is mad a Haiti.   Jesus said, “Do you think they were worse offenders than all the others who lived in Jerusalem?”
I’m not sure the quake in Haiti was judgment for the nation of Haiti, but I’m fairly sure it was meant as judgment for me.  From my perspective, the United States is far more deserving of judgment than a nation already reaping the results of her casual choices.  Sometimes God sent judgment in Biblical times to cause a people to repent.  If so, I want to be the first in this country to repent…I repent of my arrogance, lack of compassion, and shallowness.  I repent for presuming to think that God would somehow judge a nation like Haiti, and exempt my nation, and me, specifically for my continued hardness of heart toward him and his  will for my life. The golden text of the Bible is John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” The entire world and all who dwell therein deserve the most severe judgment.  To say otherwise is to deny the holiness of God and to make him other than he is.  However, the Cross divides history because our holy God, also is a God of love and mercy. He has offered man a way of escape from a judgment to come.  Is God mad at Haiti?  No, I don’t think so. In fact, I believe God loves Haiti and all this world.  Was there judgment in the earthquake of January 12, 2010?  Yup!  It judged me.  I reviewed my life, and noticed I have fallen far short of what I say I believe.  I thank God for his judgment upon me that day.  I only hope I can respond as well as a Haitian lady I saw on the news with her hands in the air and tears running down her cheeks, saying, “God be merciful to us!  We are sinners!”
If that is judgment, then may each of us respond in humility as she did.  Pat Robertson may have been insensitive, but others, like me, could do with some repenting.

January 21st, 2010 Posted by | Judgment | 3 comments