I was resisting the urge to comment on the sick, sad comments by certain alleged evangelists and political commentators. Then I began reading some of the completely understandable–but in some cases quite hateful—responses, on TV, on the Internet, on Facebook, etc.
So how does crux probat omnia (“the cross probes everything”) work here?
1. For our dear brothers and sisters in Haiti: Romans 8:18ff / In Christ we learn that suffering does not mean the punishment or absence of God, for Christ embodies the love and presence of God for us even in suffering. // 1 Corinthians 12.26 / If one member suffers, all suffer together with it…. We are crying and praying with you.
2. For those speaking and spreading such unChristian and inhuman things: Luke 23:34 / “Father, forgive them, for they have no clue what they are saying and doing.”
3. For us in our safe places: Give up something; be sacrificially generous.