How To Respond to Tragedy

How To Respond to Tragedy
January 15, 2010 Neil Kennedy

When facing a tragedy like the Haitian earthquake we must check ourselves before we respond out of ignorance.

Jesus’ response to tragedy can serve as a lesson.

“Those eighteen who died when the tower in Siloam fell on them—do you think they were more guilty than all the others living in Jerusalem? I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish.” Luke 13:4

Jesus is teaching that if we are not careful, we can think a tragedy is a targeted judgment of sin, when in fact; ALL tragedy is a result of the fallen world. The earth is groaning as in birth pains awaiting the redemptive work of God (Romans 8).

Jesus warns those judging the tragedy of the fallen tower of Siloam that the eighteen who died were not more sinful than anyone else but were simply the result of the tragedy of death.

These are comments that you SHOULD NOT make:

  • This is because they are cursed.
  • God is teaching them something.
  • All things work together for the good. This is taking a scripture completely out of the context and applying all acts as good. Obviously, this is not true.
  • They lacked faith.
  • Hopefully, this will turn them to God.
  • Well, I am just glad it didn’t happen to us.
  • They deserved it.
  • God did this.

Here are a few responses that we SHOULD have:

  • What can I do to help?
  • Who is responding and how can I help them?
  • How can I pray?
  • I am so grateful and humbled by this tragedy that I want to invest in helping in every way that I can?
  • Do not sin with your lips by accusing God of a tragedy.

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3 Comments

  1. Neil Kennedy
    Neil Kennedy 8 years ago

    I was able to be a part of a strategic meeting that raised over $100,000 for Haiti this week. I celebrate the generosity of God’s people.

  2. Neil Kennedy
    Neil Kennedy 8 years ago

    I just left a meeting with Priority One, a Philanthropic Faith Organization that raised over $1.1 Million for strategic projects around the globe. Over $100,000 committed to Haiti! It is great to be strategically aligned with generous people.

  3. Neil
    Neil 8 years ago

    I just left a meeting with Priority One, a Philanthropic Faith Organization that raised over $1.1 Million for strategic projects around the globe. Over $100,000 committed to Haiti! It is great to be strategically aligned with generous people.

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