The human tragedy unfolding in Haiti as we speak matters. It matters to God and it should matter to God’s people. Sadly, the tragedy of Haiti is not just the earthquake. There was a lot of human tragedy in Haiti the day before th earthquake too.
Generational poverty. Cyclical injustice. Inexcusable and systemic crisis.
And not just in Haiti. These are realities throughout our world.
These are the realities that billions of people deal with every day in our world. And these are the issues that matter — and should matter.
All of this gives me some perspective on what really matters. What matters most. What matters most to God.
And I have to tell you, I don’t think it is debates among Christians about what kind of relationships are acceptable or the nuances of how one interprets certain passages or any of the things that Christians tend to spend lots of time arguing about and dividing the church over.
I just can’t imagine, in the realm of real human tragedy, that God is nearly as interested in these things as we are.
If Jesus is our model (and for me, he is) it seems like he has a more focused approach to the world and what matters:
Hearing that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, the Pharisees got together. One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question:
“Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: ” ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
“When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his throne in heavenly glory. All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.
“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
“The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.’
“Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’
“They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’
“He will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’
“Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.”
So I am sorry for those times I lose perspective on what really matters to God… FORGIVE ME LORD.