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Think Again.

Luke 13:1-17    Genesis 23    Psalm 16

“Do you think that because these Galileans suffered in this way they were worse sinners? . . .Or those 18 who were killed when the tower of Siloam fell on them — do you think they were worse offenders than all the others . . . ? No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all perish as they did” (Luke 13:1-5).

Our hearts ache for the people of Haiti in the wake of an earthquake’s devastation. The losses are staggering. The needs are monumental. . .  And some of the chatter swirling around the disaster has been disturbing. But not surprising. Or new. The need to find cause for suffering in the life of the victim was at work when the story of Job was penned and was present during the earthly life of Jesus. But he would have none of it, pointing us, instead, to our own ongoing need for repentance (the word “repent” is perhaps most accurately translated, “have a new thought about your thinking,” i.e., “think again.”)

Think again. Hear the word of the Lord.  All fallen folk sharing life on a broken planet, we are in this together.  Be it Haiti or New Orléans or the meth addict around the corner, we are called to set people free after the way of Jesus. To do anything less is just religious hypocrisy (Lk.13:10-16).

Lord, we pray for the people of Haiti. Supply their need, O God. And make clear to us the ways in which we may be the answer to our prayers. Amen.

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