In case you have not heard, a terrible earthquake just occurred in Nepal. 4000 dead and counting, several thousands injured and missing. Tens of thousands of homeless people. No food, no water, poor shelter. You can get more details about the tragedy here. Its a terrible and sobering thing that has happened in Nepal, and I hope that it reminds us all of our frailty as human beings. As the word reminds us:
Psalm 103: 15-16
15 The life of mortals is like grass,
they flourish like a flower of the field;
16 the wind blows over it and it is gone,
and its place remembers it no more.
In this case, it was an earthquake and basically the whole city was gone. Loved ones, treasured possessions – all reduced to rubble. However, there is an interesting debate on this thread regarding the way some Christians have chosen to interpret the events in Nepal. Find below some pictures of the controversial tweets (click on the picture to make it larger), then I will state my own opinion.
The tweet by Adebola is particularly worthy of note, implying that Nepal was flattened because its a non-Christian country. Hmmmm. When things like Nepal happen, the thing that comes to most people’s mind is the end times. That is what came to my mind, I don’t know about you. This is because of this scripture:
3 Now as He sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things be? And what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?”
4 And Jesus answered and said to them: “Take heed that no one deceives you. 5 For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many. 6 And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all[a] these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. 7 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences,[b] and earthquakes in various places. 8 All these are the beginning of sorrows.
Just the beginning of sorrows. The headlines the last decade (starting from that tsunami in Indonesia) most certainly makes you think these are the times that CHRIST spoke off.
However, CHRIST did not say, all these things will happen only in countries that do not acknowledge HIM. These things happen everywhere. Terrorist attacks. There were devastating floods in Nigeria a few years ago. Tsunamis, earthquakes, forest fires, cyclones, terrible Hurricanes (remember Katrina in New Orleans?). We cannot afford to be cocky, and talk like Adebola did. The evil times that we live in affect all of us. When a plane drops from the sky, it does not differentiate Christians from non Christians, and neither does flood, earthquake, fire or terror. So we just ask GOD for mercy. And show love and mercy to the afflicted if we can. That is it. Nobody’s life is immune from pain. “But”, I can hear some of you asking, “there are so many scriptures that say nothing bad will happen to me if I believe.” Hmmm. That is another topic for another day o, but please know that the mortality rate on this earth is 100 percent – we will all cross over to the other side. That will happen to us all!
So how should we think about Nepal? We should realize that we live in a fallen world, that everyday is a gift and not take it for granted, that there is a world out there that needs our love and compassion, and we should always be ready, in season and out of season to provide the love of GOD. We should preach the gospel everytime we can, but show love even if we cannot preach. And we should not talk like Adebola. Terrible things have happened in all kinds of places to all kinds of people (saved or not). Please pray for Nepal and wish them well. That is the Love of GOD in action.
May GOD have mercy on us all.