Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Haiti - Devastated Beyond Belief

The eyes of the world are riveted on the small nation of Haiti. The already poor and badly battered country, where the average income is one dollar a day, has suffered its worst earthquake in 200 years. The capital city is in ruins and some 3 million people are affected. The injury and death toll will not be known for some time but will likely be mind-boggling. The long–term results could be even worse and should put America’s current "problems" into proper perspective!

Believers in Jesus Christ should feel great sympathy for the people of Haiti and concern for the many missionaries working there. The two major needs should be obvious – praying and giving. The motivation should be equally clear – Christian compassion and biblical mandate.

The opportunity is great!

"Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith." (Galatians 6:10)

The responsibility is greater!

"Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, 'Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?' And the King will answer and say to them, 'Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.'" (Matthew 25:37-40)

The remedy is greatest!

"For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that you through His poverty might become rich." (2 Corinthians 8:9)

Pray that the world will respond to the overwhelming physical needs in Haiti. And pray that the church will rightly respond to the spiritually poor there who remain fully oppressed and in deep need of the rescue found only in Jesus Christ.

"I have become all things to all men, that I might by all means save some." (1 Corinthians 9:22)

Bill Breckenridge

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