As many of you know, I spent several years in South Africa working for Archbishop Desmond Tutu and so I've paid attention to what he's said during his ministry. I had never come across the following, however, before today:
The heart of the Christian Gospel is precisely that God is the all holy One; the all powerful One is also the One full of mercy and compassion. He is not a neutral God inhabiting some inaccessible Mount Olympus. He is a God who cares about His children and cares enormously for the weak, the poor, the naked, the downtrodden, the despised. He takes their side not because they are good, since many of them are demonstrably not so. He takes their side because He is that kind of God, and they have no one else to champion them.
-- Desmond Tutu
The last sentence is quite stunning, really. It simply flies in the face of the so-called "just world theory" that has so infected the United States. Perhaps we can remember these remarks of the Archbishop as we ponder our continued response to the disaster in Haiti.