“Max Beauvoir, Haiti’s “supreme master” of voodoo, alleged his faith’s opponents had deliberately prevented much-needed help from reaching followers of the religion, which blends the traditional beliefs of West African slaves with Roman Catholicism.
“The evangelicals are in control and they take everything for themselves,” he claimed. “They have the advantage that they control the airport where everything is stuck. They take everything they get to their own people and that’s a shame.
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The UK’s Times Online has an insightful editorial highlighting how the fatalistic worldview of the voodoo religion may hinder recovery from the quake. It notes:
The tragic religious “fault line” which could now impact recovery from the earthquake was the “fatalism” of the voodoo belief system.
Lord Griffiths said: “The Haiti people have had so many batterings that when something terrible happens, they just say, “Bon dieu bon”, or “God is good”, whatever happens. In other words, it is God’s will, we must accept it, there is nothing we can do about it.
Finally, Albert Mohler has an excellent piece titled, “Does God Hate Haiti“ He offers the following sage counsel:
The arrogance of human presumption is a real and present danger. We can trace the effects of a drunk driver to a car accident, but we cannot trace the effects of voodoo to an earthquake — at least not so directly. Will God judge Haiti for its spiritual darkness? Of course. Is the judgment of God something we can claim to understand in this sense — in the present? No, we are not given that knowledge. Jesus himself warned his disciples against this kind of presumption.
Why did no earthquake shake Nazi Germany? Why did no tsunami swallow up the killing fields of Cambodia? Why did Hurricane Katrina destroy far more evangelical churches than casinos? Why do so many murderous dictators live to old age while many missionaries die young?
Does God hate Haiti? God hates sin, and will punish both individual sinners and nations. But that means that every individual and every nation will be found guilty when measured by the standard of God’s perfect righteousness. God does hate sin, but if God merely hated Haiti, there would be no missionaries there; there would be no aid streaming to the nation; there would be no rescue efforts — there would be no hope.
Oh Lord of heaven and earth. Let others see You through our good works and Oh Lord, ensure that they are good, noble, and Christlike. Lord, be with the people of Haiti. Grant that they may join with all the earth in singing your praises and extol the supremacy and sufficiency of Christ who felt the fullness of your wrath while wrapped in our sin and the fullness of your joy in rescuing us from it. May those who serve you count themselves blessed when they are reviled and persecuted and have all kinds of evil uttered against them falsely on your account. By your grace, compel them to not repay evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary, bless, for to this they were called…and to do so with gentleness and respect, having a good conscience, so that, when they are slandered, those who revile their good behavior in Christ may be put to shame. Remembering it is better to suffer for doing good, if that should be God’s will, than for doing evil. And teach us who watch from a distance the tragedy of our “Tower of Siloam” that unless we repent we shall all likewise perish. Amen.