Does God Hate Haiti?

18 Jan

Two short extracts and links to blog articles addressing the Haitian earthquake. First, Mohler asks “Does God hate Haiti?

“Does God hate Haiti? God hates sin, and will punish both individual sinners and nations. But that means that every individual and every nation will be found guilty when measured by the standard of God’s perfect righteousness. God does hate sin, but if God merely hated Haiti, there would be no missionaries there; there would be no aid streaming to the nation; there would be no rescue efforts — there would be no hope.”

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Second, Dodson from Creation Project offers and expands upon these three pointers in “Responding to Haiti“.

“1. Go to God in prayer for the Haitians to encounter true, whole gospel relief and attention

2. Before putting God in the dock, remember that although we all deserve death, God has graciously given some of us life.

3. Respond intelligently and deliberately to the plight of the poor.”

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6 Responses to “Does God Hate Haiti?”

  1. ishabelle January 18, 2010 at 11:11 am #

    im not sure about God hating Haiti… rather, i want to think of it as an act of Love. Since we have all seemed to have forgotten our connection with GOD, He reaches out to us and gives us a chance to be closer to Him again. :)

  2. Sam January 19, 2010 at 2:11 am #

    Just think…. of all the aid workers and everyone heading into Haiti to help out after the recent disaster, there’s bound to be tonnes of Christians amongst them. Imagine the witness that could be, all these ambassadors for Christ working to rebuild a broken nation! Even if they arn’t there preaching, they have an opporunity to show God’s love to the people in a real and practical way, and maybe even get a chance to share the gospel verbally with them too!

    I guess we can just pray that they’ll see Christ in that… That the Christian workers out there will stand out, even against the backdrop of all the other UN and US aid workers who are doing lots of great work… Maybe this disaster will create the opening needed for a real mission in Haiti, to finally bring the full light of the Gospel to a nation that’s been darkend for so long!

  3. Creambun January 20, 2010 at 2:13 pm #

    Noticed this article on the BBC website the other day. Interesting to read how people are questioning how God can let this things just happen.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magazine/8467755.stm

  4. Nancy January 21, 2010 at 6:46 pm #

    We live in a chaotic world where unpredictable things happen. To expect an all omnipotent being to have a big plan and watch over us as if we were it’s offspring is a very selfish worldview. Instead of trying to explain everything that happens may it be positive or negative, all we can do is try our best to make it better for ourselves and for generations to come.

    I can’t understand how you can think about a earthquake that kills so many people and brings so much suffering can be an “act of love”. It really shows how dis-attached from reality you are. But you seem to be happy in your bubble, so perhaps you should try to keep it from bursting.

    “Pray that they see Christ in all the aid that is coming in”. I’m sorry, what does Christ have to do with an earthquake ravaging a poor nation? Oh, you say Christ has to do with everything? That’s your perspective. All I ask is that you do not impose your perspective on anyone, especially people who are dealing with an incomprehensibly large amount of pain and suffering. You cannot possibly begin to understand their situation.

  5. James January 21, 2010 at 9:52 pm #

    Thanks for all the comments. I understand that its a sensitive issue and that is part of the reason I decided to link to two other articles written by wiser men than me rather than compose my own response.

    Dodson has now written a response to the BBC article that Creambun linked to. You can find it here:
    http://creationproject.wordpress.com/2010/01/21/a-brief-defense-of-christian-faith-in-the-face-of-haiti/

    Hope you all find it helpful, I particularly think it might help address some of the issues Nancy raises. A more detailed examination of God and suffering can be found in this online book edited by John Piper and Justin Taylor:

    http://www.desiringgod.org/media/pdf/books_bssg/books_bssg.pdf

    I hope you find those links helpful.

  6. Harding February 4, 2010 at 2:37 am #

    I just decided to give for the Haiti disaster. I encourage that people donate to those scarred by this terrible disaster as well.

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