We who preach and write, do so in a manner different from which the Scriptures have been written. We write while we make progress. We learn something new every day. We speak as we still knock for understanding...If anyone criticizes me when I have said what is right, he does me an injustice. But I would be more angry with the one who praises me and takes what I have written for Gospel truth than I would be with the one who criticizes me unfairly. -Augustine

Haiti, Katrina, Tsunami, Towers

I remember a sermon that John Piper gave after the Tsunami hit a few year ago. He compared the devastating loss of human life to some of the destructive events in the Bible and the purpose behind them mainly that the living turns to God. In Luke 13:3-4 Jesus talks about the crumbling of the tower of Saloam. He is talking about the 18 people who died when the Tower fell. Note what Jesus says: “do you suppose that those upon whom the Tower of Siloam fell were worse than others?” I say unto you, “No, but except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish”(Luke13:4-5). Calamity comes for different reasons. Sometimes it is to judge a wicked people as was the case in Noah’s flood. Whether the twin towers, the tsunami, Katrina, or the earthquake of Haiti were for the purpose of judgment, only God knows. But what I do know, is that there is a message for the living, which is “unless you repent, ye shall all likewise perish.” Ironically, even if you do repent, you may still die in an earthquake, or flood, or in a fallen tower. So why repent if it isn’t going to prevent you from “likewise perishing?” What Jesus is saying is that death is coming to every one of us eventually–SO BE PREPARED. We are all going to die but if you have a relationship with the Son of God through repentance and the forgiveness of your sins, then death, no matter what form it comes, is only a door to an eternity where there will be no pain, no suffering, and no more tears. It is eternal life with Christ Jesus our Lord and all of God’s people forever! For those who live through such a dramatic event, it is our role to compassionately comfort and protect the living, and gently turn them to a God who loves them and as proven his love by letting his own Son die a calamitous death. Our great and loving God feels our pain and His reasons for allowing such calamity is always based on His great love for us, from an eternal perspective.

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