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Haiti: How can poverty and Christianty coexist?

Haiti is the poorest country in the Western hemisphere. I have visited it a few times and am always struck by the severe poverty.

QUESTION: How is it that a country which has so much Christianity also has so much poverty? How can the two coexist? I was asked similar questions last week. Heres an answer by a leading Haitian theologian, interviewed by Christianity Today.

"dieumeme-noelliste.jpgMy view: the gospel that has been preached in Haiti has left a vacuum—has left the political landscape untouched. The church doesn’t see its business as being a prophetic witness to those in power. The result has been a political sector left to its own devices; this is why the common people were the first responders to the crisis, not the government. This is the result of the gospel being truncated, emasculated, instead of confronting the powers that be to do what God intends for them to do: protect and enhance life."

Dr Dieumeme Noelliste, president of the Caribbean Evangelical Theological Association, quoted here on CT  

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