Question: Where is God in all the rubble of Haiti?

Posted: Friday, January 22, 2010

Q. Where is God in all the rubble of Haiti?

A. In all the rubble of Haiti.

I do not understand all of why God allows suffering on this planet. But this I know. Where suffering is, there is God. Wherever there is a broken body or broken heart, God's heart is broken and he shows up. If you are on a quest to find God, travel to Haiti. He will be in the eyes of those from outside who naturally move to where he is to be his helping hands and he will especially be in the eyes of those suffering, those whom Jesus calls his brothers.

Alvin Plantinga, noted philosopher, confesses that he has struggled his entire life with how God can allow evil but states why he still trusts in God.

"God does not stand idly by, coolly observing the suffering of his creatures. He enters into and shares our suffering. He endures the anguish of seeing his Son, the second person of the Trinity, consigned to the bitterly cruel and shameful death of the Cross. Some theologians claim that God cannot suffer. I believe they are wrong. God's capacity for suffering, I believe, is proportional to his greatness; it exceeds our capacity for suffering in the same measure as his capacity for knowledge exceeds ours." - Plantinga as found in the book Philosophers Who Believe: The Spiritual Journeys of Eleven Leading Thinkers.

Now you know part of what the cross, the place where Jesus died, means to Christians. It is a reminder that God is with us when we suffer and die. One of Jesus' names, "Emmanuel," literally means "God with us." But it is more than a reminder. It is a call. God goes to those who suffer. So must we. Haiti becomes a magnet for our hearts, calling for a minimum of three responses.

First, we must give. There are many worthwhile organizations that you can research and decide on. Convoy of Hope is even now feeding those in Haiti. Compassion, International is there helping and they center their help on the children. Never forget Red Cross or perhaps a ministry that a local congregation is already a part of.

Second, we must pray. Now, the deepest prayers come from a sense of shared brotherhood. So try this. Fast. Skip a meal and send the money you would have spent on that meal to Haiti. Your belly will be your reminder of the brotherhood of all people.

Third, never lose hope. The Bible muses, "Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?... For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord." - Romans 8:35, 38-9.

Rick Cupp is minister at Kenai Fellowship. Sunday Bible classes for all ages: 10 a.m., worship: 11:15 a.m., Wednesday worship and Bible classes for all ages, 7 p.m.

Question: Where is God in all the rubble of Haiti?

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