With great interest I read that the earthquake that devastated Haiti was God’s work, occasioned by a deal the Haitians made with the devil a couple hundred years ago. According to Pat Robertson:
“They were under the heel of the French, you know Napoleon the third and whatever. And they got together and swore a pact to the devil. They said ‘We will serve you if you will get us free from the prince.’ True story. And so the devil said, ‘Ok it’s a deal.’ And they kicked the French out. The Haitians revolted and got something themselves free. But ever since they have been cursed by one thing after another.”
This got me to thinking. . . .
Although I’ve never actually met God, at least not in the flesh, so to speak, I have always thought of him (her?) as both all powerful and all good. That’s what I was always taught, and it just seems that’s the way God ought to be.
So I started thinking more about this Haiti and the devil business, and a couple of things didn’t quite add up. First of all, why would the Haitians have to turn to the devil to free themselves from slavery? Here’s what I’m thinking. Slavery is a bad thing. God is good, the devil is bad. So if I want to be delivered from evil, wouldn’t it make more sense to ask God, who is good, than the devil, who is bad? Yeh, so that struck me as kind of odd.
In fact, I’ve actually been to Haiti, and I noticed that there were quite a few churches there, a lot of them very old, so it’s not like the Haitians wouldn’t have known about God or anything. So I think they would have asked God first to remove the yoke of slavery before they would have gone to the devil. Since God is all good, he, or she, would surely have not turned them down.
Something else didn’t make sense. Assuming for some reason or another that the Haitians actually did make that deal with the devil and that God was mightily peeved by it. Being all powerful, why would she (or he) have to wait 200 years to muster up a big earthquake to punish them? I know that time doesn’t exist for God, or so I’ve been told, but still, if the Haitians are supposed to make a connection between their deal and their punishment, shouldn’t one closely follow the other? Also, there were a whole bunch of non-Haitians killed in the earthquake, and I can’t say that they ever made a deal with the devil, and with God being all good and everything, why were they thrown into the mix?
As mentioned above, I’ve been to Haiti, and the one thing that impressed me more than anything was the natural peacefulness and gentleness of the people. To be sure, the Haitians have not had an easy time of it for a long, long time, and I was struck by how a people that have suffered so much deprivation, for so long, managed to maintain such a remarkable disposition. It sure didn’t strike me as devilish.
On the other hand, the world seems to be teeming with people who I’ve got to believe have had a conversation or two with the devil. Where’s their earthquake? Or even a bolt of lightening.
One last thing that confuses me. How does Robertson know about this deal? I have to believe that people who make pacts with the devil generally like to keep quiet about such things. Presumably, that means that until now, only the devil and the Haitians knew about this contract. Since no Haitian has stepped forward and acknowledged the deed, I have to ask:
Just who is Pat Robertson talking to anyway?