I have been really taken aback by the response of some senior Christain leaders to the Haiti Disaster. Click here for a summary of the responses of people like the Archbishop of York and Pat Robertson.
What I don't understand is that this kind of approach is a throw back to the 18th and 19th century hellfire and brimstone preachers, preaching a God of vengeance. They induced fear in the population, and in their congregations, to get people to go to church. they presented their church as being the only way to safety.
I thought we had left that approach behind. Maybe not, maybe it's why more an more people are rejecting institutionalised dogma and going back to spiritual principles.
Contrast the hate and fear-laden poster that Nathalie Jamois found in a leaflet by the Westboro Baptist church which she writes about in this article with the spiritual basis of Christianity that Paul writes about in 1 Corithians 13:
"Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres."
Quite a contradiction!
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