One cannot open a newspaper or watch TV without witnessing the unimaginable horror that is Haiti today. As the images of death and destruction assail us, questions about the goodness and love of God comes to the fore for any believer.
Many people are using this tragedy to denounce people of faith as being fools. After all, if we believe that God is all powerful and loving, how could he permit such death and destruction?
Aside from the easy response of challenging such people with the question as to whether they are willing to grant to God the responsibility for all that is good in the world as they logically must if they are going to hold him liable for all that evil, it is essential that we understand that we too are the ones responsible for the role of evil in this life. It is mankind that is as responsible for what has befallen Haiti as God.
I say categorically that we are responsible for what has transpired in Haiti because it is our own participation in sin that permits evil to exist in this world. Each time we face a situation where we must choose to follow the path of good or evil, we are either strengthening the forces of God or Satan. And it is the fact that Satan exists in this world that it is the cause of the effects of sin; death, despair and suffering such as the media puts before us these days in Haiti as with ever other example where evil reigns.
Let us respond with all possible kindness and generosity to the immediate needs of the Haitian people. Click on the Red Cross icon on the top of this blog or offer your assistance in whatever manner you choose to bring our aid and assistance to our brothers and sisters in their time of great need. Let us also commit ourselves to keep from strengthening the forces of evil by participation in sin.
Our Christian faith demands no less.
Click on the title to this post if you want to participate in the debate about the role of in this crisis. It will take you to an article on the Holy Post blog of the National Post where these questions are being debated.
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