This past week Voodoo practitioners supported by others from Africa have rededicated this poorest and perhaps most troubled nation of the Western Hemisphere to Satan. The original dedication to the devil was made by Haitian revolutionaries trying to overthrow the French colonizers and brutal slave masters on August 14,1791. History has been horrible to this Caribbean island and Voodoo has been a worse task master for these people who need the liberation that only Jesus Christ can provide. Let’s heed the heart cry of the pastors on the island who are asking for us to pray that Haiti’s people will turn to the Lord for the real freedom and prosperity He wants for them.
Historian James G. Leyburn writes: “Of the twenty-two heads of state between 1843 and 1915, only one served out his prescribed term of office, three died while serving, one was blown up with his palace, one presumably poisoned, one hacked to pieces by a mob, one resigned. The other fourteen were deposed by revolution after incumbencies ranging in length from three months to twelve years.” There are, in addition to the packaged, bound, and authorized versions of history, two quiet threads that weave through Haitian history.
The first is a happy one: Ever wonder what happened to the Huguenots in France after 1685? Where they dispersed to when the peace of the “Edict of Nantes” no longer held, and the chill winds of the St. Bartholomew’s Day massacre of 1572 once more swept the land and precipitated a French Protestant diaspora? A goodly portion of them washed up on the shores of the Caribbean Isles, including Haiti (then “Saint-Domingue”). The trail goes cold after this, but one disposed to meditating on the unsearchable wisdom of God cannot help but think about seeds and the great Sower whose word never returns to Him empty.
The second thread sends tremors down the spine. Haiti’s shameful slave culture was so brutal that most slaves did not live long enough to reproduce, necessitating fresh infusions of labour directly from Africa, and with it fresh infusions of voodoo religion. The scorpion turned to bite the frog, when the legendary voodoo sorcerer Francois Macandal led his six-year guerrilla war in the 1750s. On Aug. 14, 1791, the leaders of the Haitian revolution, sealed their compact in a rite officiated by a former Haitian slave and voodoo priest named Boukman. The leaders sacrificed a pig to Satan and promised to dedicate Haiti to him in exchange for liberation from French control for 200 years.
Hindsight of the last two centuries of this first “free” black republic in the Western world would seem to suggest that Satan has exacted a hefty toll. And if anyone thinks the Satanic dedication ceremony took place in a corner, let him note that 200 years later, on Aug. 14, 1991, voodoo priests set out to perform a “rededication,” which was thwarted only by prayer and fasting on the part of informed Christians around the world, according to J.L. Williams, founder of New Directions International.” Thanks for your prayers of faith and authority in Jesus’ name.
Source: International Prayer CouncilPrint This Post