Dale Potter: An accurate depiction?
January 19, 2010
To the editor:
I would like to comment on the political cartoon in Saturday's paper showing the devastation in Haiti.
The idea that the cartoon seems to promote is that God is to blame for the earthquake and all the devastation (entitled "ACT OF GOD") and that all the good credit goes to those helping the victims (entitled "ACT OF HUMANITY.")
Is this an accurate depiction of the truth?
We get a small peek into the reasons for calamities in the Bible. The result of Adam's sin not only brought sin and its consequences upon all his descendants, but the ground also was cursed because of sin. God's perfect creation was devastated by the disobedience of the one whom God put in charge of it (Genesis 2 and 3).
Another insight is from the book of Job. God allowed Satan to cause a whirlwind, which killed Job's 10 children.
Yes, God could have prevented this, but greater good came out of this incident in the end of the story. Read it for yourself. Also, we must remember that Job's 10 children are in heaven with him at this very moment.
The beautiful ending of the greater story recorded in the Bible is that when Jesus returns to earth, He will right all the wrongs, and also restore creation to its original purpose: "Creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of decay into the glorious liberty of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groans together and labors together in pain until now" (Romans 8:21-22). Earthquakes are part of the groaning of creation, brought about by sin, not by God. Some day it will all be perfect again, brought about by God.
The "ACT OF HUMANITY" side of the cartoon rightly ascribes good to the humanitarian rescuer. Remember, however, that Jesus is the One who taught us to love one another and to care for one another. He is the One who told the story of the Good Samaritan, extolling the stranger who took care of the wounded man.
His teachings are straight from His Father in heaven: "The words that I speak unto you I speak not from myself, but from the Father…" (John 14:10). God expressly taught through His son, Jesus, that we should have compassion even on complete strangers.
The "ACT OF HUMANITY" side of the cartoon, now being performed by the thousands who have rushed to the aid of the victims of this tragedy are actually from the heart of God Himself.
From the perspective of eternity, we will see that our loving Father-God was able to bring much good out of the devastation.
Some will be in heaven because God was able to capture their attention by means of this horrible earthquake. Some will be rewarded for self-sacrificing acts of charity being performed at this very moment.
God is the author of all that is good, and He deserves credit, not blame.
Pastor, Yampa Valley Baptist Church