I just listened to an interview on BBC radio with a woman running an orphanage in Haiti, affected by the horrific earthquake there yesterday. Fortunately she and the children in her care survived unhurt.
During the interview she described how, during the earthquake, she prayed. And after the earthquake she felt that God had blessed her by sparing the orphanage from collapse. A few sentences later she described how hospitals and schools had been destroyed, with the loss of tens, if not hundreds of thousands of lives.
Now, I feel I have no right to criticize this woman. Her compassion and willing to act against the suffering of those less fortunate puts me to shame. So this is not intended to be a snarky swipe.
But it just completely baffled me how that thought could go through your mind. How you can possibly think God has blessed you in the midst of a catastrophic and completely pointless natural disaster? I simply don’t understand.
The rantings of evil vampires like Pat Robinson (who blamed the earthquake on Haiti having made a pact with the devil) I can understand. Some people are just evil. But this woman… no, I don’t understand.
Anyway, get your credit cards out and head to the Red Cross or your favorite disaster relief charity. There are people who need your disposable income much more than you will this month.