On his radio program, Evangelical Christian Pat Robertson is recorded saying, “[Haiti] got together and swore a pact to the devil. They said, ‘We will serve you if you will get us free from the French.’ True story. And so, the devil said, ‘OK, it’s a deal.’“¹ Robertson claims this is what led to the earthquake that killed 220,000 people.²
And who could forget this?
American Pastor Terry Jones, who invited a worldwide condemnation when he threatened to burn copies of Qur’an on this year’s 9/11 anniversary, may be planning to take his campaign to the UK. Since September, he has founded Stand Up America, which seeks to educate people about the dangers of Islam.³
How about this?
- “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him” (NIV 1984).
- “For God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not die but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to be its judge, but to be its savior” (GNT).
- “This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life. God didn’t go to all the trouble of sending his Son merely to point an accusing finger, telling the world how bad it was. He came to help, to put the world right again. Anyone who trusts in him is acquitted; anyone who refuses to trust him has long since been under the death sentence without knowing it. And why? Because of that person’s failure to believe in the one-of-a-kind Son of God when introduced to him” (MSG).
God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world. Why, then, do we condemn those around us? We judge others. We criticize those who are not like us or who hold to different values or beliefs as us. If we are called to be Jesus’ hands and feet to the world (which we are, just take a look at Ephesians 5:1 and John 13:35), let us love as God loves. Jesus’ presence on earth radically changed the way to show love. This season, instead of judging, be a visible expression of Jesus: his hands, his wisdom, his words, and his heart.
²Disasters Emergency Committee, Haiti Earthquake – Facts and Figures