More than anything, we will be lifting our voices in prayer and worship to God, groaning and mourning for Haiti. It will be a time of intimate worship and prayer. We are praying for people to be taken through the gamut of emotions. Our love of God despite the losses; our worship of God and for his glory to be displayed in the midst of suffering; our cry out to God in pain for the 111,000 lives lost; our call to action as followers of Christ; asking the question, why didn’t we help Haiti (one of the poorest nations in the world) before the earthquake?; and the hope that remains despite the tragedy. We will also be collecting shoes for Souls4Soles, money directed towards World Vision, and selling T-Shirts (It’s a LOVE HAITI thing.) with proceeds going to Compassion.
It is often asked how churches should respond in the midst of crises such as these. Mark Driscoll, pastor of Mars Hill, witnessed Haiti first hand: Read here.
They followed up with a powerful post by Pastor Jamie Munson of Mars Hill. Please read here.
In my conclusion, if churches and Christians are on the frontlines of battle in response to tragedies such as this Haitians earthquake, we’re not taking the call of Jesus very seriously. If churches aren’t weeping at the images and chomping at the bit to help in any capacity through financial donation, prayer, or physical assistance, I’m guessing that church isn’t taking the commands of Jesus very seriously.
Let me tell you this: The non-Christians of the world are responding mightily. It’s long been assessed that Christians don’t differ much in terms of love from non-Christians. This is silly, when you think about it! Jesus, no matter if you are a Christian or not, is considered the most loving human being to ever walk this earth. As Christians, we are to be known by our love. Period. Are we? Is your church? Are you known by your love in this crisis?
This situation has struck a unique chord inside of me. I just finished reading “Crazy Love” by Francis Chan for a second time in preparation for a book study. He asks this haunting question (that was asked of him in college): What are you doing in your life right now that requires faith?
In other words, what am I doing in response to Haiti that requires a complete trust in God? Why are we so content to give “just enough?” Or why are we satisfied to do just a little?
What about a drastic, inhuman, God-centered, faithful response to this tragedy?
(By the way, I’m preaching to myself as much as any reader. I’m not innocent, trust me).
It’s time to live a life of radical faith.
Respond to this tragedy by attending It’s a Love Haiti thing. It’s not much, but it’s what the youth of CLC are attempting to offer. A chance to worship God. A chance to pray. A chance to respond to this crisis through financial support, worship, prayer, and meditation.
It’s time to come together as a united voice and tell God we love Him no matter what is happening, that we can’t wait to see His glory displayed, and in turn, move to action as followers of Jesus Christ.