I have to confess, nothing makes my blood boil and throws me into a blind rage more than people blaming disaster on "sin" or tragedy on "God's plan." Nothing. So you can imagine that I had to take more than a few deep breath's after hearing televangelist Pat Robertson's absurd claims that Haiti was struck by an earthquake because the country made a "deal with the devil" in order to secure their freedom from French colonialism in the 18th century. My anger over Robertson's ignorance was only matched by my incredible sadness over the suffering that this earthquake has brought, and like many of you I had to pause and really reflect on what was happening in Haiti and how I might be able to help.
So, a sermon was born. The appointed gospel passage last week was John 2:1-11, when Jesus turned water into wine at a wedding in Cana. While this uplifting miracle would usually cause me to preach a happy sermon about God's abundance, I was brought up short when I thought about all those people in Haiti who didn't have water to drink or food to eat, let alone wine to party with. Anyway, the following is the sermon that I ended up with. You can read the full text after the jump (as sermons go, it's really short!).