I have recently read much about statements credited to Pat Robertson's beliefs about Haiti. Unfortunately, most of what I have read misquotes and is an exaggeration of what he actually said. If one would like to hear what he actually said there are plenty of Youtube post to hear for yourself. Additionally one could go to his own web site to see what he said. http://www.patrobertson.com/pressreleases/haiti.asp Additionally at his site you will see how his ministry has helped the country of Haiti before and after this horrible catastrophe. My point here is not to defend Pat Robertson. I Actually know little about his show. I don't watch it. I do want to point out that we live in a megaphone world. We are quick to point out what we perceive to be wrong with others. We often do so without listening to each other. I read one blog that deplored what was deemed as Robertson's judgmental attitude. This same writer later wrote, "Go to Hell, Pat Robertson ." Can someone define irony for me?
Let me make clear that there are things that I differ with Pat Robertson, but assigning Hell is not our job. In fact, that is the ultimate judgment. It is the job of God alone.
This does leave us with the question that was raised by all of the attention to Mr Robertson. Did the people of Haiti deserve this tragedy?
I would like to turn to Jesus to answer these questions. Recorded in Luke's Gospel is an event when Jesus spoke to some people about some other horrific events.
Luke 13:1-5 Now on the same occasion there were some present who reported to Him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mixed with their sacrifices. (2) And Jesus said to them, "Do you suppose that these Galileans were greater sinners than all other Galileans because they suffered this fate? (3) "I tell you, no, but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish. (4) "Or do you suppose that those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them were worse culprits than all the men who live in Jerusalem? (5) "I tell you, no, but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish."
In the instance above, Jesus makes it clear that we should not think others are any worse sinners than we are because of some tragedy that has taken place. In fact, Jesus levels the playing field. He speaks of a universal brokenness. Just like Pat Robertson and every other person in this world, you and I were born into a world that is broken. The world is not as it should be. I fall short of who I have been called to be. I am thankful that Christ came to heal and save a broken world and a broken people. The Christmas story tells us this.
Matthew 1:21 "She will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins."
Did the people of Haiti suffer because they are worse sinners than others? I believe Jesus would say no. At the same time Jesus would invite us to move away from the I am OK your OK idea of the world. We are all broken people in continuous need of God's healing. God has called us into a relationship with Him today. What will your response be God?
What then should our response be to the people of Haiti? It should be the same as Jesus. He saw our need for a Savior, and he met that need. Do we see the need?
Matthew 9:36-38 When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. (37) Then he said to his disciples, "The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. (38) Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field."