Let's Make A Deal$! (In Response To Haiti)
By: Toni Tucker
Earthquake in Haiti
Let's Make A Deal with Wayne Brady
Earthquake in Haiti
Let's Make a Deal!
Remember the older version of the fun TV show were the audience participants were all dressed in crazy costumes to win money? I was just a child when Monty Hall was the Host back in the 70's and loved to see people win and win big. Now, Wayne Brady is the Host of the high energy show taking it to a whole new level. The show is filled with expectations from audience members to win or at least to get money at the end for having a paper clip, or a stamp, or a tooth-pick in their purses or wallets.
Do you pick door #1, #2, or #3? There could be a super prize like a car, or patio furniture with a 62 inch flat screen TV and a barbecue to entertain in the sun at home, Or, it could be a boat, or an brand new kitchen, or a trip to Jamaica! Yeah, or take the cash, Cha-Ching - $$$'s - which could be in the thousands. The choice is all up to the selected person to decide.
What should I do, or we do, if you're chosen as a couple. Making a deal, could it be a great one or a Zonk! Everyone loves to make a deal, even as one well known Religious leader so tactlessly stated. The Haitian people got together back in 1791 during the Haitian revolt against the French, and said, "Let's make a deal with the devil!"
Deal with the devil? That's right, you are all probably aware by now, that, Pat Robinson, Christian broadcaster of the 700 Club said the people of Haiti made a deal with Satan and got a Zonk instead of a prize which led to the 7.0-magnitude earthquake that devastated Haiti on Tuesday, January 12, 2010. In the midst of him raising funds for the suffering country he thrust that little jagger out of his mouth and said the earthquake was a consequence of a pact Haitian leaders made with Satan 200 years ago.
"They were under the heel of the French, you know Napoleon the third and whatever, and they got together and swore a pact to the devil," said Robertson, founder of the Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN). "They said, 'We will serve you if you will get us free from the French.' True story. Pat's timing could not have been worse. While the world was being inundated with dreadful images of people suffering and countless bodies lining the streets in 90 degree weather, this is what he had to bring up?
In a statement posted on the CBN Web site, spokesman Chris Roslan said Robertson's comments stem from the story of a 1791 slave rebellion led by Boukman Dutty at Bois Caïman. According to the story of the "Boukman Contract," Boukman led the slaves in a Voodoo ritual, where they sacrificed a pig and drank its blood to form a pact with the devil. They allegedly agreed to serve the spirits of the island for 200 years in exchange for freedom from the French. After 13 years of conflict, the slaves won their independence.
"And so the devil said, 'OK, it's a deal.' And they kicked the French out. The Haitians revolted and got themselves free. But ever since they have been cursed by one thing after another."
Robertson said the Dominican Republic, which shares the island of Hispaniola with Haiti, is "prosperous, healthy, full of resorts, etc.," while Haiti is "in desperate poverty."
"They need to have and we need to pray for them a great turning to God and out of this tragedy I'm optimistic something good may come," he continued. "But right now we're helping the suffering people, and the suffering is unimaginable."
Robertson's comments have been widely circulated on the Internet and became a trending topic on Twitter. Not in a good way either.
This was a Zonk behind all three doors in the scheme of things, it angered the unsaved, seemed to create divisiveness amongst Christians, and made it look like, if the Haitians had not made a deal with the devil they would still be under French domination. If that's the case almost every community in America alone has made some deal with the devil. Wiccans, Satan Worshippers, and many other ungodly covens and covenants take place right here in our own neighborhoods. We'd better watch out for the big one in our nation, it's long overdue with all the deals with Satan made here. But, God is slow to anger, and merciful. And yes, there are repercussions for sin, but that puts the entire world in bad shape. Thank God for Jesus.
Radio Host Rush Limbaugh also said that someone else was getting a 'deal' out of the massive loss and human tragedy, just one day after Haiti's massive earthquake. Limbaugh commented that President Barack Obama would use the crisis to "burnish, shall we say, creditability with both the light-skinned and dark-skinned black community in this country." The controversial radio-show host made the comment on January 13, 2010, as humanitarian aide groups began arriving to help the country in the midst of possibly the worst natural disaster Haiti has faced. Obama has pledged some $100 million dollars from the United States.
Excuse me Rush, but in my immediate African American family alone, there are dark-skinned light-skinned, and brown-skinned people. So are we from different communities? Do you even remember the Cosby show? What were you saying? Oh, nothing, that's right, just blowing hot air as always Rushy.
Despite the rantings of these two media moguls, people of all Nations and of all colors have been pouring out their love, support and prayers to the people and nation of Haiti. And millions are donating money to many of the helping charities around the world. The love that has come forth has led many Doctors, nurses, and innumerable other volunteers to travel to Haiti and devote their time and expertise, despite the after-shocks and occasional skirmishes. Can you blame them? No food or water, shelter, or sanitary items like toilet paper, and other necessities, like electricity, a bed to sleep on, things most of us take for granted, they have to go without for God knows how long.
Let's make a deal to not get zonked and to choose the right curtain and to pick the right attitude when it comes to simple human suffering. Let's make a deal not to let men who otherwise have a responsibility to raise the consciousness of their viewers and listeners to make wise and heartfelt decisions in Haiti's more hightened time of crisis anger us. Let's make a deal that their ignorance and arrogance will not throw us off the path of winning by doing what the Bible says, to "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you." Let's make a deal to pray for Pat Robinson and Rush Limbaugh and their dye-hard followers. Pat is a man of God, men of God do make mistakes. And that was a whopper!
Limbaugh, well Limbaugh, really needs deep cleaning in his soul. The Zonk is definitely on him. Pray it will be removed. Let's Make a Deal to just continue doing the right thing by giving when our brothers and sisters need it the most. Choose the right curtain. Door #1 donate and pray, door #2 volunteer your help, or door #3 Be selfish and get Zonked!
The people of Haiti need our Help!
Matthew 25:35, "For I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in.."
These are just several solid places where you can choose to make your contributions.
The Red Cross