One mom is fed up with destructive people getting airtime during world tragedies.
Homeschool Mom: I am a Christian. I go to an Evangelical Church. I believe, and I live my life to the best of my ability according to Christ's teachings. And I am sad today, not only for Haitians who are suffering in the wake of this devastating earthquake and have suffered for years before it happened from poverty and disease, I am also sad for Christians in Haiti who have suffered. Many of these Christians have devoted themselves to feeding, clothing, educating, and loving the people of Haiti for years, and now many have lost their lives alongside thousands of Haitians whom they were there to serve.
To hear certain remarks from fellow "Christians" that have now received so much airtime, while nobody even knows the names of the people who are literally digging in the dirt to help others, makes my blood boil. Good Christian people are being represented and overshadowed by people who are saying outrageous and truly unchristian things in the wake of this monumental tragedy.
Christianity is about Christ, and He was compassionate and cared for the poor and sick. He taught that there will be troubles in this fallen world and people will suffer. He himself suffered. But He also taught that there is hope and love in this difficult place, and it can be seen in the love that we show one another. Since this earthquake, I have not met a Christian that has not donated money or expressed a desire to do more to help the people of Haiti. Scripture does not support the idea that God is behind every disaster as divine retribution. The earthquake killed Christians and non-Christians alike. There were Christian churches destroyed as well as other non-Christian buildings. Anyone who would insinuate that Haitians brought this earthquake upon themselves is an idiot. It is as ludicrous as saying the innocent don't suffer and the guilty always get their just deserts. How we all know that isn't true.
It would be nice if the names of people who are doing heroic things right this minute had their names in every headline and were quoted. It would be nice if overexposed blowhards looking for controversy so they can get more coverage and foolish old men could step down from the limelight for a few merciful minutes and actually let people who have something meaningful to say, say it. It would also be nice if those in the media didn't give these destructive people a platform -- maybe then they would have fewer delusional followers. I for one go on record as saying: if you want to know who represents my religion, His name is Jesus.
|Homeschool Mom: Pam Heilman is a California Credentialed Teacher who once won some body lotion in a raffle at the Y. She is currently residing in Southern California with her husband Eric, and homeschools their three children.|