On Forthright Magazine today, Mike Brooks has judicious and balanced remarks for the church about disaster relief and preaching the gospel. He says,

Helping the poor and needy, including the victims of disaster, is part of his work and certainly is a means of expressing Christian faith and love (James 2:15-16; 1 John 3:17-18). We must never shirk from the opportunity to do this (Galatians 6:10).

Yet there is one thing that is even more important and urgent. That is confronting the disaster of sin which threatens the lives of the entire population of this world.

Haiti’s earthquake will affect its 8 or 9 million people for the next decade or so. Sin, if unforgiven, will condemn the earth’s population of nearly 7 billion for all eternity. Does that fact appall us and spark us to action as does an earthquake? Should it not?

He applies the words of Jesus about the poor being always with us to our present situation, then surveys some of the huge disasters of the last decade. This article deserves widespread republication.