Jan 15 2010

"God's judgement on Haiti" -Response

I am sure you have probably heard all the buzz about some of the comments being made regarding the earthquake in Haiti and how it was God doing this to judge Haiti for their voodoo and some so called ancient pact made with the devil. Many of your friends may have commented on these statements, and maybe you have wondered what to say, or how to respond.

Kelli and I had Pastor Lance Hahn on with us the other day and he addressed these statements.  We have had many requests for what he shared, so we are posting it here for you to listen to and share if you would like. 

Pastor Lance Hahn on the Haiti situation (AUDIO)

In regards to many of the comments that have been made; I believe that is a reminder that the world is watching us as believers.  We are called to be Christ's ambassadors, and to be the very instrument that He uses to show His love and mercy for others. 

I have been frustrated by this incident, but must admit that in my prayer time, God reminded that His grace must be extended to everyone, especially those who frustrate or anger us.  I must admit that I, too, have made statements that were less than kind, but this has helped me realize the power of our words, and how damaging they can be.  My hope is that God will help us all learn through this, and  make us aware that we have a high calling, may our words and actions show the world the love and grace of Jesus Christ. 

Thank God that He forgives for the slips we make along the way, may our lives be lived to His Glory in all that we do and say!

In Christ's Love,

Scott

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12/27/2009 12:12:14 AM
Janet United States
Janet
Amen! And amen!

12/27/2009 12:16:26 AM
Christy United States
Christy
I take the approach of who am I to know the mind of God.  Maybe this is a wrath of God thing, maybe not.  Who knows, personally I have done many things that are deserving of God's wrath, and so has the USA (especially recently).  Yes God did judge nations, and many times he spared them.  Personally i believe this is just part of the birthing pains that comes before the prophecy of Revelation.  Across the world disasters occure, and just as birthing pains start out small and far between, they will become more painful and closer together.  I think this is more a sign for Christians that the time in near and we need to double, tripple our efforts to show the lost the love of Christ and prepare the world for the harvest.  This may not be a story of God's wrath on a sinful people, but a call for his children to show his love!
12/27/2009 12:18:29 AM
Christi United States
Christi
This is a tough subject for simple minds like ours.  God has reasons beyond our understanding, so who are we to respond with answers that only he could know.  If it is one thing God has taught me through scripture (to keep us safe from sin) it is to not speak of what we do not know.
12/27/2009 12:24:33 AM
Christi United States
Christi
If speaking without knowing is a lie, then what is beleiving without knowing?  That my friend is Faith.  You can always tell the difference by their motives.  If your words or beliefs are based from negative fear or thoughts, then (to me) it isn't my God.  The only fear he asks us to have is respect of his power and this is positive.
12/27/2009 12:44:30 AM
Jeannie United States
Jeannie
I think people have taken this to a "they deserved it, they didn't deserve it" type of issue and no one seems to realize that this terrible event that happened is one of many that has happen and more things like this will happen in more places that will be just as bad and worse. It's about the last days. We should be talking about how close we are to Jesus' return by these signs and show people that prophecy is coming to pass right in front of them, and pray for those who have survived to come to know Jesus as Lord and Savior.
12/27/2009 1:48:26 AM
Leticia United States
Leticia
You know it amazes me, how quickly people judge and cast the first stone. You know we as Americans should be last nation to judge any other nation. We were a nation built on God and slowly but surely we are taking him out of everything. If any nation deserves the wrath of God it is the United States of America. To me it worse to know God and to turn your back on him and only call on him when we need him. I think we need to show the compassion of Jesus Christ, and him to forgive us as nation.
12/27/2009 1:52:34 AM
Jacqueline P United States
Jacqueline P
hey,
My name is jacqueline and i am 15 years old. i live in kansas city (and by the way i LOVE KLOVE!) I was born in haiti, and moved here with my family when i was 5 months old.

All our family is still in Haiti (all over the place). I have an uncle who lived at the capital with his wife & children. Thank God they're safe, but homeless.

Sad news is, we have found out about a couple of deaths in the family. We also have a couple people missing. Keep us in prayer... !  
12/27/2009 1:54:09 AM
Jenny United States
Jenny
http://www.hope-for-haiti.blogspot.com

Lots of bloggers pulling their resources, raffling some AMAZING prizes all money will be donated to red cross and compassion.  check it out.
12/27/2009 1:58:20 AM
vicky United States
vicky
very nicely put scott
12/27/2009 2:01:22 AM
Shireema Canada
Shireema
God's thoughts are higher than ours and so his ways..... no one can comprehend them but all we can do is praise him because he said in his word nothing good will I with hold from us .... Smile
12/27/2009 2:15:45 AM
Cheryl Adam United States
Cheryl Adam
Please pray for the family of this brother in Christ (Ben Larson) who lost his life in the earthquake in Haiti.  Read the following link...
http://www.flcduluth.org/
12/27/2009 3:04:42 AM
John United States
John
God created this earth a long time ago. These fault lines have existed since the day he finished. The people of Haiti have built substandard buildings for lack of resources to do better. God is kind, just and caring. Our job is to show compassion towards these brothers in humanity. Love and compassion will draw people towards God. It is in extremely poor taste to pass judgement on this hurting country. Only through love and compassion are we going to see people want to accept our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
12/27/2009 9:05:13 AM
David United States
David
So many people in the world say How can God let that happen or Thats what they get for their evil. People look at it as negative. Doesn't it say in Romans 8:28 (ASV) And we know that to them that love God all things work together for good, [even] to them that are called according to [his] purpose. Look at how poor this country is and the turmoil they are in. Yes, there are many people that are there helping on a reular basis but, this country would never have received the type of help they are getting now. From tragedy God will make good. The lives lost are sad but know God is at work and we need to see the bigger picture.
12/27/2009 9:25:10 AM
David United States
David
"God, who foresaw your tribulation, has specially armed you to go through it, not without pain but without stain." - C.S. Lewis
12/27/2009 10:10:30 AM
Jessica United States
Jessica
Thanks to Scott & Kelli for the great coverage of the horrible earthquake & still keeping positive stories of hope alive. It is hard as a Christian to understand why this happened, but God did not do this as punishment. He did this to get the world's attention. My heart breaks for this country in such despair. Please give to one of the link's K-Love has provided. I know Compassion International is a great organazition. Let's all prayerfully give.
12/27/2009 8:54:27 PM
Raely-ann United States
Raely-ann
you know i am so glad that i found this. tonight my grandma a christian woman was talking about this exact thing that she is tired of hearing about Haiti and that they had it coming to them because of the voodoo and i wish that i wouldhave had this knowledge about this so i could have looked at her and told her what pastor lance hahn. I have givin a donation and i pray everyday for the people of Haiti and i hope some people change what they have said after hear what this pastor has said
12/28/2009 3:17:50 PM
Georgia United States
Georgia

Some people have been hiding their heads in the sand to long. It's time to wake up and know the truth. Most people don't help unless theres a disaster and people should help others all the
time.


12/31/2009 7:05:48 PM
Richie Australia
Richie
They cry for help but no one listens;they turn to their gods but no one gives them aid. They die in helpless frustration, over come by their own anger. Those who turn away from God may be successful for the moment, but then comes sudden disaster. Their children are cheated, with no one to defend them. Their harvests are stolen and their wealth slakes the thirst of many others, not them selves! Misery comes upon them to punish them for sowing the seeds of sin. Mankind heads for sin and misery as predictably as flames shoot upwards.


Thank you God for justifying me through Jesus christ.
Surely lord! the darkness must come out of the light for your people of Haiti. Amen.

1/3/2010 10:53:42 AM
John United States
John
I complained to CBN about Pat Robertson's comment. Here is the response I received. This should clarify things and help us see the context in which the comment was made.

Thank you for contacting CBN.  We appreciate this opportunity to serve you.

On the January 13, 2009, edition of The 700 Club, our CBN News department showed a feature news story about the devastation and suffering resulting from the earthquake in Haiti. After the news story, Dr. Pat Robertson interviewed Bill Horan, President of Operation Blessing International (an affiliate organization of CBN) about its efforts to bring aid and relief to the people of Haiti.

Dr. Robertson also spoke about Haiti's history (see an actual transcript below). His comments were based on the widely-discussed 1791 slave rebellion led by Boukman Dutty at Bois Caiman, where the slaves allegedly made a famous pact with the devil in exchange for victory over the French. This history, combined with the horrible state of the country, has led countless scholars and religious figures over the centuries to believe the country is cursed.

Dr. Robertson never stated that the earthquake was God's wrath. If you watch the entire video segment, Dr. Robertson's compassion for the people of Haiti is clear. He called for prayer for the people there. Operation Blessing has been working to help thousands of people in Haiti over the last year, and has launched a major relief and recovery effort to help the victims of this disaster. They have sent a shipment of millions of dollars worth of medications that is now in Haiti, and their disaster team leaders are working to relieve the suffering.

If you would like to view Dr. Robertson's comments online, please see the CBN Website below. Or, you can go to our Website, click on The 700 Club channel, choose "Previous Shows," and "Watch Full Show" for the Wednesday, January 13th, edition of The 700 Club.

www.cbn.com/.../700club011310_ws
1/9/2010 1:35:18 AM
Debbie United States
Debbie
Thank you for posting Pastor Lance Hahn's comments. I will be sharing his perspective with some friends.

After so many media stories about the historical and current corruption in Haiti, I have come to believe that God and His people will use this disaster for good. Luke 12:2 says "Nothing is covered up that will not be uncovered, and nothing secret that will not become known."

The world can no longer ignore our neighbor Haiti's plight.
3/1/2010 8:02:21 PM
Rhonda D United States
Rhonda D
I say Who are we to judge? Our Lord says, "Help the orphans and widows. That is true religion.
We are to Love God and Love others, those are the two commandments Jesus spoke of. So lets Love and NOT judge. Pray for them support them and do what Jesus would do.
Who cares whose fault it is.
Love covers a multitude of sins.
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