Sunday, January 24, 2010

A Serious Tragedy Needs Serious Reflection

I was outraged, with Pat Roberson's ridiculous statements regarding the victims of the Haitian earthquake. I resisted posting commentary because it would have been more rant than anything else. And while I'm not above ranting, I just couldn't bring myself to comment on Roberson without also reflecting on the sheer hypocrisy of those who, condemn Jeremiah Wright, without listening to the complete sermon he preached, or examining the full context of his ministry and those who say nothing about this foolishness being spouted year in and year out to literally tens of millions of people.

There, I've said it.

As for Rush Limbaugh, we will no longer be irritated by his inanity, when we stop acting as if he actually has something intelligent to say.

I have already stopped. I invite you to join me...

However, here is a more constructive take on the question of Haitian suffering. I hope this provides a measure of sane spiritual thought, in the midst of what passes for some as 'Christian' teaching. It is by Jennifer Butler, executive director of Faith in Public Life.

"Q: Many have criticized Pat Robertson's suggestion that the catastrophic earthquake in Haiti was the work of the devil or a form of divine punishment. But if one believes God is good and intervenes in the world, why does God allow innocents to suffer? What is the best scriptural text or explanation of that problem you've ever read?"

"What I love about the Bible is the permission it gives to wrestle with God. Jacob wrestled with an angel. Job debated his righteous tormentors (Pat Robertson would have found his place there among Job's friends) and challenged God yet refused to deny God. Even Jesus cried out "My God why have you forsaken me?" The psalm he quoted on the cross (Psalm 22) ends in hope, but the agony on the cross was real."


"As a Christian, I find myself often caught between faith and doubt. I stand between the Haitians proclaiming that God is with them despite their loss, and Michelle Faul's report of one crying out, "there is no God." Which Haitian would I be if left standing in the ashes? Probably both."


"Ultimately faith is making the choice to believe and act even when mired in trial and buried in doubt. Even when we reject God, God remains faithful to us, seeking us until we are found. In short, I side theologically with those who have said God is good and never the author of evil, and suffering is the result of a sinful world and fallen creation."

Read the rest of her thoughts on this matter here.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Air America is the organization that had nothing intelligent to say as opposed to Rush. That's why they went bankrupt for the umpteenth time last week.

Gerald Britt said...

You've missed the point. Rush has nothing intelligent or useful to say. He proved it with the Haiti comments. It's just unfortunate that people consider him to be serious. Its like confusing Entertainment Tonight with real news.

Anonymous said...

Rush did not say not to donate to Haiti relief. He said it would be better to go through a private agency and he is right.

A week after the earthquake violence was uncontained, distribution points for medical supplies, food and water were not yet opened. Obama was not blamed, it was the logistics that made it all impossible. Obama was working as hard as he could, so went the news media. Contrast this with Katrina---it was all Bushes fault.

I understand the efforts to help the people after this devasting event. No country could go it alone.

But I do not understand the country. It is a country that hundreds of governmental and non-governmental organizations has not been able to fix in spite of decades of efforts and billions of dollars of aid. Sometimes no matter how much money is thrown at a problem it can't fix it. The answers must come from within.

I have a timeline of US imvolvement with Haiti over the past 100 years and millions of dollars were thrown in from other countries. The country has not shown any improvement. Something is wrong. Perhaps they should throw in a little capitalism.