Today I’ve been watching CNN. A lot of CNN. This morning Aaron Ivey and Jamie Ivey delivered a solid interview on American Morning about adoption. The rest of the day, I’ve been trying to let the images of devastation overwhelm me. But then something crazy happened. While I was making lunch, there was a video of people walking through the streets singing. Singing?!?!
The reporters started discussing how Haiti is a deeply religious place, and that people all across the island have been turning to their faith in the wake of the greatest disaster in the Western Hemisphere in the past 200 years. Of all of the pictures and video and iReports that I have seen, this segment has stirred my soul the most. Basically, I wish I was a Haitian.
Don’t get me wrong: I love electricity, and satellite TV, and plumbing, and food in my refrigerator. But I also know that all of these things keep me insulated from absolute dependance on God. The CNN reporter said something to the effect of, “The Haitians have lost everything, and they are turning to the only thing that cannot be taken away.” It is nearly impossible to cling to Jesus when I’m holding onto all of the stuff around me. Prime example: this morning I got up to read my Bible and had a choice in front of me. Should I read from my TNIV or ESV or NIV, or I could read on my computer, or I could even pick up my iPhone and study the Scriptures from there. The most holy thing I’ve done all day is still stuck in my consumer lifestyle.
I love the life that I have. I get to spend my days serving other people, and I have a great home with an awesome wife and two wonderful kids. We have a lot of fun and get to do amazing things. But deep down, when I saw Haitians worshipping in their tragedy, there was a strong part of me that wants to connect to that and understand that.