Hi friends! It's been a while since we've visited- but the earthquake in Haiti has stirred up the old Agrarian Agitator.. yep it's time for me to put in my two cents worth! So here we go again.. here's some crumbs from the poor man's table- maybe you'll find a little nourishment here... Ya never know! It seems that lots of folks are reaching out to the suffering in Haiti with prayers, food, clothes, money, and ALL kinds of help! That's encouraging... but it seems that SOME folks are speculating on the "WHY" of the earthquake.." why did this happen to THEM???.. ",. We see this often- a tragedy happens, someone goes through a trial or tribulation and it's not long till the self appointed prophets of judgement and doom tell us WHY it happened... "Why THOSE people must be REALLY EVIL- Yeah... that HAS to be it.. if only they were nice and respectable and righteous ( LIKE US) .. they would have escaped this tragedy" Thats what we hear... time and time again... When I hear that kind of response, I am reminded of the story of Jesus and His disciples when they were discussing "tragedies" one day- the story is found in LUKE 13- the following is the Clay Callaway Standard Version:
One day Jesus' disciples asked Him if he had heard about a couple of TRAGEDIES. It seems that some men were working on a tower and there was an accident.. the tower fell on them( earthquake???) and they were killed... and there were some men who were put to death by Pilate... YEP- those disciples loved "toting" tales of tragedy that day, they had an itch.. and Jesus KNEW it so HE started scratching..Jesus asked them ," Do you think that these men were terrible SINNERS and THAT's the REASON this Happened???" Before they could answer, Jesus gave them the TRUTH( He had a habit of doing THAT)... Jesus said" NO- BUT I TELL YOU THAT UNLESS YOU REPENT, YOU WILL LIKEWISE PERISH"
In other words, Jesus was saying, " Do'nt be examining the WHY- Do'nt be judging the "sin-status" of those who suffer... that is NOT the ISSUE... The issue is YOU... How is YOUR HEART??? Have you repented??? and IF YOU TRULY have.... guess what??? You will reach out in LOVE to those who are hurting. You will pray for them, you will give food to those who hunger, clothes to the naked, water to the thirsty. Remember when Jesus said," In as much as you have done unto the least of THESE, you have done in unto ME??" There are men,women, and children who were created in the image of God underneath the rubble in Haiti. They do'nt need you speculating on the "degree of their sin"- they need you to pray for them- they need food,clothing, and medicine. They do'nt need judgement- They need help. " Except YOU REPENT, you will likewise Perish"