Tuesday, January 18, 2005

The Ultimate Lemonade

Earlier this week, while reading up for my post about the Tsunami aid workers and evangelizing, I saw this article: Christians 'Exploiting' Tsunami Disaster, Group Says.

It wasn't until the final sentences that something jumped out at me:
[The Council on American-Islamic Relations's] newsletter also linked to a second report, this one in the Philadelphia Inquirer, saying that evangelical Christian groups plan to bring the Gospel to tsunami victims along with relief supplies.

The Inquirer quoted one missionary as saying that the tsunami disaster "is one of the greatest opportunities God has given us to share his love with people.""

Now, there is nothing after that to explain how they feel about it. My guess is that the Inquirer things that missionaries are using this horrible disaster to share about Christ.

And you know what, I bet they are, and why shouldn't they? I think it's important to understand that we can use a tragic event to a positive advantage without taking joy in the suffering of others. The Tsunami happened. Thousands died. It is horribly tragic, but it happened. There is nothing we can do to change it now, why shouldn't Christians try to make something good out of it, such as the salvation of souls?