In the aftermath of the 7.0 magnitude earthquake that shook Haiti Tuesday, it is hard not to ask where God is in a tragedy like this. How could a loving God allow such calamity to befall a country that has been ripped and torn apart by bloody coups, mudslides, hurricanes, and abject poverty?
As a Christian, it is natural to want to offer a defense of God that would explain why events such as the occur throughout the world. If God is such a loving god then how could He let this happen?
Does God Need a Defender?
We live in an age where we believe that just about everything can be explained. We insist that there are no mysteries that can’t be solved in the Information Age.
Even the actions of God are explainable by many. For some, this is simply more evidence that God does not exist or does not care. For others, they see natural disasters and terrorist acts as God’s wrath being poured out upon a disobedient people.
Pat Robertson is making headlines, yet again, with his suggestion that the calamities that have befallen Haiti over the past several years is the curse from making a pact with the devil centuries ago. I really wish he would retire his microphone.
No, I don’t think that God needs us to defend Him. Too many times we, as Christians, have this warped view that God has got Himself into trouble again so we must ride to His rescue. If it wasn’t such a sad commentary on Christianity, it would be comical.
Have You Considered My Servant Job?
Christians don’t like to talk about the book of Job much. On a microcosmic level, Job suffered many of the same calamities as Haiti has the past several years – except they all hit on one day.
God allowed Satan to cause bands of men to slay his servants and take his possessions, a fire to fall from the heavens to consume the remaining possessions, and a great wind to collapse a building killing all of his children while they were eating.
Not only did God allow it, but it was His suggestion to Satan to consider His servant Job that started it all. God is then silent for 36 chapters, but when He speaks it is not to answer Job’s pleadings of why. Instead, God spends the next 4 chapters asking questions for which Job had no answers.
The final chapter results in Job’s repentance and restoration, but there is no explanation given to Him by God as to why he was subjected to these calamities.
Where Were We Before the Earthquake?
If God will not answer our question, and if we are not wise enough to even begin to understand His answer, maybe we should ask another?
The earthquake in Haiti will be much worse due to the economic and social conditions of the country before the earthquake struck. Sadly, the picture above was not taken this week. It has been the plight of many Haitians for decades now.
So the question we should be asking is “Where were we before the earthquake?” How can a country only 700 miles to the south of the United States live in abject poverty while we complain about such trivial things?
The Christian Entrepreneur and the Poor
Several weeks ago I posted What the Christian Entrepreneur Owes the Poor where I looked at the example Boaz set for us. God has called us as Christian Entrepreneurs to provide the resources necessary to accomplish His will here on earth.
When the rich young ruler came to Christ wanting to be a disciple and follow Him, Christ told him to sell all of his possessions and give them to the poor. Isn’t it interesting that He didn’t tell him to give the money to Him?
As stewards of God’s wealth that we create as Christian entrepreneurs, let us not forget the poor. Let us not forget the least of these.
You be the answer to “Where is God?”