Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Haiti and Kingdom Come

After a couple weeks of news stories about the multiple crises in Haiti, it’s shocking how insignificant the terrorists still doing their worst seem. Don’t get me wrong; they’re certainly an enemy that needs to be defeated. But amid the historic destruction of the Haitian earthquakes, the terrorists just seem like such insignificant fools—evil, slithering little fools. Don’t they see what we’re up against?

We’re all up against the same fallenness, the same ravages of our own sin--Pat Robertson's and the Hatians' and mine. Among those destroyed in the earthquakes were mothers and rapists, nuns and murderers and children and abusers and missionaries. No one escapes death, however peacefully or horrifically it comes. So the terrorists and their cowardly suicide bombings and haphazard attacks while the world mourns the devastation in Haiti are like schoolyard bullies afraid they won’t get attention and respect…but the school is on fire!

One of the most powerful images I’ve seen has been the US aircraft carrier Carl Vinson docked off the Haitian coast—not there to launch air-strikes, but to deliver lifesaving supplies and personnel. This is humanity at its best, working together against the common enemy of death itself. This is a striking image of God’s kingdom: "And they will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not take up the sword against nation, nor will they train for war anymore" (Is. 2:4; Mic. 4:3). May God bless and keep the people of Haiti and all of us as we watch over one another in love.


Adam L said...

what is important is we keep our faith..things happen for a reason may it appear bad or good

Unknown said...

Terrible thing that happened to Haiti. It was a wonderful place. I really love what Haiti was. Thank God that the world is trying to help. My company has actually helped them

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