Another student at school today stated that he wished he had the opportunity to go to Haiti and help because “It’s a great opportunity to spread the Gospel.” I was stunned by what he said, and at a loss for words. Not angry. But incredulous. He did not see an opportunity to help suffering people, but an opportunity to evangelize. There is no doubt that the words of Jesus Himself tell us to make believers of all (Matthew 28:16-20) however, Jesus did not tell us when nor how to go about fulfilling “The Great Commission”. I have discussed the famous quote from St. Francis of Assisi with a friend here just recently:
“Spread the gospel at all times; when necessary, use words.”
In a disaster, shouldn’t the words of St. Francis be given extra attention? Can a disaster present an opportunity for evangelism? Should it?