Posts Tagged ‘Haiti’

Bad Judgement

February 2, 2010

What were they thinking???

A group of ten people from Central Valley Baptist Church in Idaho have been arrested in Haiti and charged with child trafficking.  They arrived in Haiti, gathered a group of children,supposedly orphans,  loaded them on a bus, and headed back out.  They never intended to try proper channels.  

They thought the end justified the means.

They were wrong.

The goal of providing good homes for orphans is a wonderful goal.  That doesn’t mean that you can just go grab a few children off the streets and make a run for the border.  They should have gone through the proper channels and done things legally.  Yes, it takes longer, and costs more money, but it should be done the right way. Of course, now that they are sitting in a jail, they probably realize that they should have done things differently.  I do not believe that they were going to harm the children.  I believe that they have good hearts…just really, really, really, bad judgement.

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Haiti:Judgement and Grace

January 26, 2010

Is the devastation in Haiti an act of judgement?

Yes… and no.

Yes, it is an act of judgement in two ways.  First, since the expulsion from the Garden of Eden, humanity and the world, have lived with the consequences of sin.  There are many things that take place in this world that would not, and will not happen, in Paradise.   Secondly, even a cursory glimpse at either the Old or the New Testament reveal that God is displeased, even angry, about sin.  The reality of harsh judgement against sin is demonstrated in the flood, the deliverance from Egypt, the conquest of the promised land, the exile of Israel, and the description of a coming ‘lake of fire’.  So, the earthquake can be seen as a  foreshadow of judgement against the sin in the world,  a reminder of what is to come.

And…No, it is not a specific judgement against the people of Haiti.  They are not worse sinners that other places in the world.  If it were not for the grace of God we would all likewise perish.

The grace of God is also seen in the outpouring of support for the people of Haiti.  Many are motivated by their love for God, expressed in their love for humanity.    Help flows to Haiti from people around the world.  People of many faiths working together to provide aid to the suffering.

God’s grace is also seen in that He is willing to forgive us our sins.   We are promised deliverance from the coming judgement of sin,  through our faith in Jesus.  That deliverance may, or may not, take place in this world, but is promised in the life to come.

Death and Life

January 18, 2010

There has been much real life drama recently.  The earthquake in Haiti has devastated hundreds of thousands of lives and there is a large international response trying to help bring stability.

Locally, in little more than a week, there has been a suicide, a murder, a heart attack, and an automobile accident; that have all claimed young lives.

My heart goes out to those who have been touched by these tragedies. 

These events are a reminder to me to appreciate the simple things of life.  Each day, each moment, is a gift from God and we should appreciate everything that we have, from a place to sleep, clothes on our back, food to eat, water to drink, and people who care about us.  Some of the things that we can get so worked up about, are just not quite that important when we realize the fragility of our mortal existence.

It is important to mourn the death of those who have passed… and to appreciate life for those who remain.