I started to read a news story about the earthquake and human suffering in Haiti, but I had to stop.
It was too heartbreaking. The story had a photo of a woman walking down the street past dead bodies covered with blankets. Not soldiers fighting in a war. Just regular people, young and old, women and children and men, who were in the wrong place at the wrong time.
The Haitians are just ordinary people, like us, trying to survive a natural disaster and its aftermath. They want to help anyone still trapped in the rubble. And most of all, they want to know if their families or loved ones are still alive and in need of rescue.
Television evangelist Pat Robertson’s suggestion that the Haitians are suffering because their ancestors made a “pact with the devil” 200 years ago is not just absurd, it’s one of the most heartless and un-Christian statements anyone could make. Natural disasters can happen anywhere, to anyone, at any time.
What we all should want is to help the survivors recover from the disaster.
Copyright 2010 by Rinth de Shadley.