Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Help for Haiti

I have to admit that I am soooo bothered by some of the comments coming up on Facebook and other places, by bitter people who think America should have no part in assisting the people and country of Haiti.  Where does this bitterness come from?  I was telling my friend a few weeks before the earthquake in Haiti, that Americans are a bunch of pigs.  We are..there I said it.  The average american lives like Kings and Queens compared to other countries, yet some are so selfish in lending a helping hand.  I have heard some say -

"we have enough problems in our country and we just need to take care of ourselves.  Let volunteers go over there, not our military.  We have orphans here in America too, we need to take care of our own."

Forgive me if I am wrong but I simply cannot understand this mentality.  If an earthquake would hit their home tomorrow, who do you think would be crying out for help then?

And then there are the orphans and the disabled. Who is helping them? I think about the kiddos over there that have Down syndrome.... who is watching over them? If a tragedy would happen here and we all passed, poor Ashlyn wouldn't last long. She has no self help skills and would be an accident waiting to happen. She doesn't have a clue as to being safe and can't be out of our sight for long. What is happening to people like her in Haiti?

All I can think of is what Jesus would have to say about this bitter attitude:

And one of the scribes came and heard them arguing, and recognizing that He had answered them well, asked Him, "What commandment is the foremost of all?" Jesus answered, "The foremost is, 'Hear, O Israel! The Lord our God is one Lord; and you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.' "The second is this, 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.' There is no other commandment greater than these." (NAS, Mark 12:28-31)

Okay so honestly, I know Jesus did not just mean your next door neighbor when he said "love your neighbor as yourself". He meant love other humans, even your enemies. He wants us to reach out to fellow man in time of need. We all need to be Jesus to the people!! I just pray that hardened hearts can be made whole by our Lord through all of the tragedies that we face. Reach out to others in time of never might you who needs help from fellow man one day!

Watch this video and listen to the man who lost his wife and children in the earthquake... what a heart of God he has..... wow!