Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Haiti Earthquake: My thoughts

When I hear about horrible tragedies such as the earthquake that occurred in Haiti the other day, I'm always reminded of Luke 13: 4 - Or those eighteen, upon whom the tower in Siloam fell, and slew them, think ye that they were sinners above all men that dwelt in Jerusalem? (verse 5) I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.

We live in a fallen world. Sometimes bad things happen to (so called) good people. Those verses of scripture also remind us that God punishes sin.We are all sinners by nature. Have you ever told a lie? Have you ever disobeyed your parents? Have you ever stolen anything?

Then you are a rebellious, lying, thief just as we all are and you are going to die in your sins just as the Bible says in Luke 13.

So what can you do about it?

Well, the Bible says that we must repent - turn away from your sins and turn toward God. The next thing the Bible says to do is Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ. The guys from Way of The Master Ministries describe it best as like putting on a parachute. You don't just believe in the parachute, but you put it on because it will save your life. It doesn't matter if people make fun of you for wearing the parachute or not because you know the plane is going down.

The earthquake in Haiti was a terrible event. We need to pray for these people and volunteer and send money or whatever else we can do to help. But most of all, we need to pray that we all take a lesson from this and remember that God is a just God and He does punish sin and since we are all sinners by nature we need to repent and trust God for our salvation. When things like this happen, we know that we will spend eternity with God; not separated from Him.

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