God does not cause human suffering

“God does not cause suffering or punish people with it, but God is present and known more intimately in the midst of suffering. Above all, we become more human through our broken hearts.”

++ Katharine Jefferts-Schori, The Episcopal Church

Our Presiding Bishop’s  statement on the Haiti situation is filled with  MUCH more Christian love than is that inane  statement  said by Pat Robertson. How anyone can say that the good people of Haiti are being ” punished” for  something that allegedly happened 200 years ago is ludicrous.

It scares the crap out of me that folks like Robertson even have any following. Normally I don’t  mix politics with faith when I writefor the public, but this  brings up the point of how scary the extreme  so-called” family values” portion of the American  political landscape can become.

God did not cause this  tragedy. Nor is God punishing anyone for anything that happened in the past.  As Christians, we are called to do acts of compassion, not to seek  any sort of blame.

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  • Ron Ham  On 01/24/2010 at 5:13 am

    Makes me proud to be an Episcopalian. Our leadership has such a clear view of the Love of Christ !

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