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Mission: Haiti

 

Voodoo is NOT the answer

By Gary Fallesen
July 18, 2006

Pastor Derek Fullerton of Climbing For Christ, in talking about the history of problems in Haiti, often sums up the situation by saying: “That's what happens when you dedicate your country to Satan.”

He is referring to the sad fact that voodoo was used during a successful slave revolt against the French in 1804. As the world's first black republic was taking shape this form of evil gained a cultural foothold with the Haitian people.

Fast forward to the present:

SAUT d'EAU, Haiti (The Associated Press) — Bearing offerings of rum and freshly slaughtered goats, thousands of voodoo faithful bathe in sacred waterfalls, praying for a better life and an end to the spiraling violence that threatens to destabilize Haiti's new government.

In an annual ritual that ended Monday (July 17), worshippers from across the Caribbean nation arrived for the weeklong Saut d'Eau pilgrimage. The ritual, among Haitian voodoo's holiest, comes amid a surge of violence in Haiti's capital that U.N. officials say is an attempt to destabilize the new government of President Rene Preval.

“The gods tell us what to do. That's why we're having so many problems: because we're not listening to the gods,” said Yolette Jean, a voodoo priestess.

Correction: Haiti is having so many problems because its people have not listened to the One, True God. “And God spoke all these words: 'I am the Lord your God ... You shall have no other gods before me. You shall not make yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the water below. You shall now bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments.'” (Exodus 20:1-6).

According to the wire service story: “Saut d'Eau's mystique owes to a 19th century legend that an image of the Virgin Mary appeared in the waterfalls. Believing the waters hold magical powers, followers strip to their underwear and scrub their bodies with aromatic mint leaves and soap.

“Arms raised to the heavens, they ask the gods for help with fixing broken relationships, curing sickness and even lucky lottery tickets. Some collapse in convulsions, overcome by emotion — or maybe spirit gods, called loas in voodoo.”

As long as the people seek help from false gods (or ungods) they will not see an end to their misery. They must repent and seek God's forgiveness.

 

The Word

“And God spoke all these words: 'I am the LORD your God ... You shall have no other gods before me. You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing love to a thousand {generations} of those who love me and keep my commandments.” — Exodus 20:1-6 (NIV)

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