Monday, 25 January 2010

Difficult few weeks for Christians

Having run out of blogging ideas I thought I would post a few blogs that simply work through Sunday night's sermon, on the topic 'What would Jesus say to us about Haiti?' (Luke 13:1-5).
These have been a difficult couple of weeks for Christians. Firstly, there was the Robinson affair and all the accusations that Christians are a bunch of hypocrites. Then, far more seriously, there came the events in Haiti and the inevitable question ‘how can a loving God allow such a disaster happen?’ Things weren’t helped by some Christian leaders who stirred up the public’s anger by suggesting that Haiti’s crisis was caused by that country’s involvement with Voodoo.

Iris Robinson is unlikely to be the last high profile Christian to get entangled in such serious sin. Haiti won’t be the last disaster to kill a multitude—it was not long ago that we were asking ‘how could God allow a Tsunami?’ With regards to Iris we can only plead with people to look beyond the imperfect witness of Jesus’ followers, including our own imperfect witness, and ask them not to reject the Christ whose integrity never failed. With regards to understanding the events of Haiti I hope these blogs will be of some help.

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