I was so disgusted by the reaction of Pat Robertson and other self-proclaimed Christians to call the devastation in Haiti God's judgment on a sinful people that if that's what it means to be Christian, then I'm not one. I don't see Jesus inviting us to distance ourselves from those who suffer by blaming a tragedy that destroys lives indiscriminately on the victims.
To me it seems that true Christianity is to follow Jesus' example of suffering with the innocent so that we are moved by compassion to help as best we can. Of course none of us do this perfectly, but hopefully most of us are humble enough to recognize that judging an entire people as their worst hour unfolds is counter to the basic gospel.
Here's a prayer for Haiti published by the ELCA:
Praying for those suffering
in the communion of Christ, we are joined with the trials and sufferings of all.
Be with those who endure the effects of the earthquake in Haiti.
Protect those in the path of danger.
Open the pathway of evacuations.
Help loved ones find one another in the chaos.
Provide assistance to those who need help.
Ease the fears of all and make your presence known in the stillness of your peace;
through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.
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