First the Tsunami (ok end of last year), then Hurricanes Katrina,
Rita, Wilma, then an earthquake in Pakistan. Between them enormous
loss of life and property.
Perhaps the first question that comes to mind is 'why?'. I
shared my viewpoint of this in January. This is just as applicable
to other events as to the Tsunami.
There is another question I have - with all these events, for
those who survived who was least taken care of? I'll answer like
- There will always be poor people in the land. Therefore
I command you to be openhanded toward your brothers and toward
the poor and needy in your land. Deuteronomy 15:11.
Therefore we are all impacted. Those impacted directly terribly
so. Those not impacted directly are being tested. Consider:
- He who oppresses the poor shows contempt for their Maker,
but whoever is kind to the needy honors God. Proverbs 14:31.
- He who is kind to the poor lends to the LORD, and he will
reward him for what he has done. Proverbs 19:17.
- He who gives to the poor will lack nothing, but he who
closes his eyes to them receives many curses. Proverbs 28:27.
- The righteous care about justice for the poor, but the
wicked have no such concern. Proverbs 29:7.
So for those of us with the means to give, non-response is clearly
not an option. And this doesn't apply to just disaster responses
- this is true all the time.
I'll end with this thought:
- Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose
the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to
set the oppressed free and break every yoke? Is it not to share
your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with
shelter - when you see the naked, to clothe him, and not to
turn away from your own flesh and blood? Then your light will
break forth like the dawn, and your healing will quickly appear;
then your righteousness will go before you, and the glory of
the LORD will be your rear guard. Isaiah 58:6-8.
November 5th 2005
Irvine, California, USA.