A Biblical Response to Current Events – 12-27-19
What’s Happening: “A deadly typhoon (called a tropical cyclone or hurricane in some regions) struck the Philippines Christmas day and the death toll has risen to 28, with 12 still missing. The storm had sustained winds of 75mph with gusts to 125mph. It was named Phanfone (known locally as Ursula). Typhoon Haiyan in 2013 was the region’s deadliest, killing over 6,000 (https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-50921944). ‘Communication lines are down. Electricity is still down,’ said Alkan police chief Jonathan Pablito.”
Knee-Jerk Response: “What does a Typhoon in the Philippines have to do with me? Don’t get me wrong, it’s a pity what happened to them…but so?”
Biblical Response: “Because all tragedy is indeed local, I see your point…but until we truly hurt for the loss of other folks, we won’t do anything about it. Sure, as long as we live in a fallen world (see Gen. 3), we can only lessen somebody’s loss, not prevent it…that’s why we should give to relief agencies who seek to ameliorate tragedy (James 2:15-18). The real tragedy might be those missing. Of course, there’s really no one missing…being omnipresent, God knows where they are (Ps. 139).”
“Christians? We believe in lessening others’ losses, sharing their suffering (Rom. 12:15)…besides, sometimes this gives us an opportunity to speak about the things that have eternal significance (1 Pet. 3:15), not just temporal. We remember the old saying, ‘People don’t care how much you give, until they know how much you care.’ Sometimes you earn the right to be heard, because you demonstrated your love by giving.”
Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray: “Heavenly Father, while we don’t want to lessen our sincerity by merely writing a check, we don’t want our sacrifice to go unnoticed…maybe what You want is not equal giving, but equal sacrifice…help us; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”
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