Friday, January 15, 2010

Let's pray for Haiti

I'm not sure just how stupid you have to be to say that the Haiti earthquake is the result of one of the poorest nations in the world being cursed, but Pat Robertson's managed it. The death toll is the result of the wrath of God on a nation that's done a deal with the devil, he told the couch potatoes glued to his TV show.

And people in our churches wonder why our neighbours think the Christian faith has nothing credible to say to our world!

What's happened in Haiti is a ghastly catastrophe that should have us on our knees praying for those caught up in it and reaching into our pockets to support appeals for cash to bring aid to them.

Beyond that, I'm reminded of a scene in a film about an American evangelist (sorry, I can't remember what it's called) in which John Denver plays an angel who is sent by God with this message for the evangelist: 'God would like you to shut now because you're embarrassing him'.


Jonathan said...
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Jonathan said...

I wonder if you managed to catch today's Thought for the Day? It was Giles Fraser, who beautifully and gently called people to pray, not engage in a debate of theodicy. He talked of faith as being deeper than argument, and that faith takes on new meaning in suffering. He was good.

I also found Jim Wallis's response (which I've republished on The Red Pill) thoughtful and wise.

Prayer is both the least and most we can do.

simon said...

Yeah, I thought Giles Fraser was his usual sensible and spiritual self this morning. A good antidote to the nonsense. I'll check out Jim wallis. Thanks for the tip.
It's interesting that Today had John Sentamu on yesterday asking him how a God of love could allow such a thing. And I thought the BBC was the bastion of secular broadcasting!