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A Thought on Haiti

Haiti.jpgLast night I read this from Randy Harris, God Work – Confessions of a Standup Theologian:


One of the things we do as Christians is to try to pay attention to what God might be able to do in the world, especially with the broken places in our lives. These aren’t good things. They generally aren’t things God does to us. This Romans passage [chp 8] says God can crawl in the middle of it because he works in all things and nothing can stand in the way of God reconciling all things to himself. … 


 We have to believe and live out the reality that God is taking things somewhere and that nothing can stop it. And our task then is to join God in his reconciling work that that he began before creation. … 

So we join God in what he’s trying to do in the world.

I make no claim to know what God is doing in Haiti, but I do know that God’s intent is to reconcile all things to himself and so, in prayer, in giving to relief efforts like that of Haiti Partners, and in mobilizing humans to help the suffering of Haiti, we commit ourselves to enter now into the work of binding up the brokenhearted and healing the wounded. 

May we crawl, with God, into this rubble and be the presence of God, bring the presence of God, and lead Haiti into the healing presence of God.
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posted January 13, 2010 at 2:25 pm

Amen, Scot.

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John W Frye

posted January 13, 2010 at 2:32 pm

Yes, Scot, we agree.
John & Julie

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John W Frye

posted January 13, 2010 at 2:34 pm

I have no idea what happened in comment #3 to create the long website address.

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posted January 13, 2010 at 4:13 pm

Thank you for this post. As a person of Haitian descent, I appreciate the prayers and support to the people of Haiti. God is reconciling the world to Himself and Haiti is part of Jesus’ inheritance.

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Stephen Mook

posted January 13, 2010 at 5:56 pm

Amen brother…

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Camnio Media

posted January 13, 2010 at 8:01 pm

We’re praying for them also.

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Jim Martin

posted January 13, 2010 at 10:30 pm

Well said. Thank you, Scot.

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Ted M. Gossard

posted January 13, 2010 at 11:02 pm

Amen, amen!

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Humility and Arrogance in the face of disaster

posted January 14, 2010 at 12:25 am

Thank you for your caring post. Isn’t it our weakness that often draws us together and allows us to identify with those we might rarely consider?
For a prominent and influential leader like Rush Linbaugh to use this disaster to criticize, judge and power trip is horrifying. And to see other church leaders say a nation “had it coming” because sometime in history “they made a deal with the devil” sounds heartless and self-serving. Do they really think this is how Jesus would respond to such a tragedy?
My prayers are with anyone who suffers. Some days that’s me, some days it’s my so called “enemy”. Perhaps practicing prayer without judgment would actually be a holy thing to do…..

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Ellie Dee

posted January 15, 2010 at 7:11 am

“The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain.” Gilbrain
This quote is the Header of Bnet today.
They are just words, when not applied to our lives.
In time, with the healing hands of God, something GOOD, will emerge from this tragedy. As said so beautifully by Randy Harris, by the posting of Scot McKnight.. God Bless them all

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Rob the Rev

posted January 15, 2010 at 10:37 am

During this time that we are focusing on Haiti and the terrible disaster there let us use this moment to inform ourselves about its agonizing history and how the past and present policies of the the U.S.A. toward Haiti have contributed to make this disaster much worse than what it should have been had we treated the Haitian people in a more just manner up to this moment. This disaster did not have to be as bad as it was!
Read about the agonizing history of Haiti and how the United States has contributed to its misery in the book “An Unbroken Agony: Haiti, from Revolution to the Kidnapping of a President,” by Randall Robinson

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posted January 15, 2010 at 4:35 pm

As a lover of Jesus and of the country of Haiti (my wife and I are involved in a ministry there and have stayed in a Port-au-Prince guest house that is no longer standing), I deeply appreciate Scot’s insightful comments.
We are in prayer waiting to hear about our friends, and glad to hear yesterday that a young girl we know well was rescued from the rubble of her school.
So, as Scot suggests, we are immersed in the rubble ourselves and know, even there, that God is present, He cares for His children and He knows each one by name. Romans 5:5

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