Here are the last two pages of my Haitian Scrapbook, entitled Depravity and Hope.
When talking with a missionary who is currently living in Haiti, he stated this fact: The struggles of sin may be different from nation to nation, but the common denominator for all people worldwide is the innate depravity of the human heart. Well said.
The bible confirms this statement: The heart is deceitful above all things , and desperately sick; who can understand it? (Jeremiah 17:9)
The Haitian's heart may wrestle with voodoo and greed and sexual promiscuity, while the American heart may wrestle with materialism and self-centeredness and...sexual promiscuity. And then there's other nations, like France and Italy, who wrestle with living for the moment and complete non-interest of God and...sexual promiscuity.
Let the every tribe, tongue, and people group face this truth together: we are all depraved.And like the picture beside these words, we're left in darkness.
The Lord looks down from heaven on the children of man, to see if there are any who understand, who seek after God. They have all turned said; together they have become corrupt; there is none who does good, not even one. Psalm 14:2
But there is hope for all nations!The Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. (I John 4:14).
In Him (Jesus) was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. (John 1:4-5). So there you have it, Jesus Light of the world, is our only hope. When we accept Him as our Lord and Savior, He enters our messy hearts, cleans us up with His overwhelming love, and then sets us in right standing before Him.
THEN, the amazing thing is this--Jesus calls usthe light of the world. (Matt. 5:14). Webecome His lamp-bearers and are now called to go into to the world (our own homes, our classrooms, our workplaces, across the street, and across the ocean) to bear this marvelous light. What a privilege!
I will finish my HaitianScrapbook with pictures, pictures, pictures. My son Bink went to Haiti for 3 months...to be a light for Christ. He was able to touch lives of both children and of workmen, day in and day out. We then joined him as a family with our team for his last week at the Hands and Feet Project. There is no greater joy for me on this earth than to be a powerful force of radiant Light while serving alongside my husband and children. The trip to Haiti, for this reason, was an immense blessing to me. I will be forever thankful.
For great is the Lord and greatly to be praised; He is to be feared above all gods. For all the gods of the peoples are worthless idols, but the Lord made the heavens. Splendor and majesty are before Him; strength and beauty are in His sanctuary. Ascribe to the Lord, O families of the peoples, ascribe to the Lord glory and strength! Ascribe tho the Lord the glory due His name. Psalm 96:4-8
Praise the Lord! Sing to the Lord a new song, his praise in the assembly of the godly...Let them praise his name with dancing, making melody to him with tambourine and lyre! For the Lord takes pleasure in his people; he adorns the humble with salvation. Psalm 149:1, 3-4
I don't think we praise you enough. Forgive us for being too busy to stop and acknowledge your power and might, your love and care. Help us to pause for a moment and exalt you today. Give us a new song of praise in our hearts and in our mouths and may you take pleasure in what you hear. Amen.