Thursday, January 14, 2010

Earthquake in Haiti

This week has been a news week for me. I do not usually focus on news events in my blog but for some reason this week has been an exception. This earthquake measured 7.1 on the Richter scale and has done incredible damage. Haiti is home to more than 10 million people of which 80% live in poverty. This country faced terrible conditions before the quake and this has not made things better.

I am a little surprised the focal points of our news agencies and in speaking with some friends last night I was reminded of the fact that the greatest news story (at least in East Tennessee) seems to be the departure of Lane Kiffin. It has been given a greater priority over that of the terrible tragedy in Haiti. This leads me to ask the question "what are we most concerned about"? Are we more concerned over a football coach or the lives of others? Answering that question tells us a lot about the condition of our hearts. What is our greatest concern? 1 John 4:7-11 says the following:

Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. He who does not love does not know God, for God is love. In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.
[New Kings James Version]

Jesus would always reach out to others in need. He reached out to those who could not walk or talk. He reached out to those who had no control over their lives. He had compassion on those who had little to give. His actions illustrated His love. What are our actions saying? Are we concerned about the fact that there are thousands upon thousands that will have nothing to eat or drink over the next few days? Are we concerned about the fact that many have died without knowing Christ? Or, are we more concerned that we may have lost a coach that we probably didn't need anyway?

When does life become a priority?

In Christ,
Doug Johnson

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