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CLARITY – 1-13-20 Promises Not Kept


A Biblical Response to Current Events – 1-13-20

Promises Not Kept

What’s Happening: “President of Haiti, Jovenal Moise, remembered yesterday with sadness the tragic Richter Scale 7 earthquake that struck Haiti 10 years ago (on January 12, 2010), killing over 200,000 and injuring 300,000 (and millions were left homeless). Immediately, the international community pledged billions in assistance…which never arrived and today they are totally unprepared for a similar event. It’s easy to promise…to fulfill…not so much. Bitterness ensues ( Moise said: ‘We ate together, we slept together, we cried together, we prayed together.’ But now,’ he added, ‘hatred and discord have filled our hearts … Today we need that solidarity, that unity.’”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “The promisers just wanted to look generous.”

Biblical Response:  “Maybe…perhaps there was more chaos on the receiving end than donors wanted to deal with. Whatever…follow-up is just as important as initial sympathy…and hindsight is always 2020 (sorry about the pun with the year). Governments and relief organizations cannot be blamed for a non-existent infrastructure – nothing in place to manage how repairs were to be made, priorities assigned, funds distributed,  Still, the people suffered…and continue to suffer. The job will not be done until the job is done. And now bitterness over unkept promises rules the day.”

“What should be learned by us, watching from the sidelines? Perhaps not to trust in a promise…it is only as good as the promiser (James 2:16-17)…which, unfortunately in this case, was not too reliable. And that aid should come with provisions for management of resources.”

“It’s great to learn these lessons, and all…but the folks in Haiti are still in need. Perhaps it is time to introduce them to the Promiser Who never disappoints (Rom. 3:3-5). Of course, they might get more than they bargained for: like fortitude, perseverance, character, and hope…and funds God never allows disaster without a purpose (Rom. 8:28).”

“Christians? We believe in the Promiser Who never disappoints. And we also believe in a God Who works through disaster. Now it’s time to roll up our sleeves…and open up our wallets!”  

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us not to let ourselves off the hook too early; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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