Christianity in Haiti - Why do Haitian Preachers Preach and Encourage Poverty?

Do you go church? Better yet, do you go to a Haitian church? Don't you get the impression that many Haitian pastors are preaching and encouraging poverty on the pulpit?

I asked Jesus How much do you love me?

KREYOL: Haiti Religion - POUKISA anpil pastè Haitien ap preche la pauvreté, sa lakoz fidèl yo rete pòv tout tan, y ap di "Béni soit l'Éternel" epi y ap BAYE... Kisa ou panse de sa???

When I was a kid growing up in Hinche Haiti, my mother used to take me to this church in town. Sometimes they would sing this song:

Seyè, mwen pito malere...
Seyè, mwen pito malere...
Tan pou-m ta rish sou tè-a
pou-m pa eritye syèl la...
Seyè, mwen pito malere...
Malere... Malere...

This is the exact song... I didn't make it up!


Lord I would rather be poor...
Lord I would rather be poor...
Instead of being rich on earth...
and not go to heaven...
Lord I would rather be poor...

Although I was just a kid, I would NEVER sing with the church when they were singing these types of songs. I always thought that these songs were being used to keep Haitians in a poverty state...

Why can't you you be rich on earth and go to heaven?

When you are poor, you cannot build hospitals for God's sick children!

When you are poor, you cannot build schools for God's uneducated children?

You're poor? You're broke all the time? You have nothing? Don't worry about the wonderful things that the rich enjoy here on earth because they're gonna BURN in hell and you will enjoy these things in heaven...

Sometimes I feel that this is the type of sermons that is being preached to poor Haitians in Haiti.

While the United States is singing "God bless America!" Haitians are singing "We'd rather be poor!!!"

I once read a story about Aladin and the lamp... Whatever you talk about you bring about...

Do you believe that?

You keep singing "God Bless me, God bless my country" blessings will come over and over again...

However, if you keep on singing "I'd rather be poor," just what do you think will happen?

I truly believe that some if not MOST of the Haitian preachers out there need to change the way they preach the Gospel...

What do you think?

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Tontonbob what a stupid post. I've never read anything dumber. I've worked with Haitian pastors a lot. Most of them are good men.
Reply · May 27 at 10:58 AM
Herman Au riche jeune homme qui l'interroge, Jésus dit : "Si vous voulez devenir parfait, allez, vendez tous vos biens, & les donnez aux pauvres, ... see more
Reply · March 17 at 11:30 AM
Patrick Princivil bonjou tout zanmim yo ak enmim yo! se esprem te fè mwen pat janm di anyen sou rezo a poum te wè kiyès kretyen ki tap parèt ak... see more
Reply · March 17 at 12:20 AM
Junior Sou Facebook Christianisation se toujou sistem esklav la ke kolon yo pote ba nou sou fom bondye epi yo fe nou konnen vodou se bagay kimal e nou kwe ladann vre... see more
Reply · March 16 at 6:22 AM
Ghislaine Decayette Religion is all fucked up, whoever is preaching Christianity is all fucked up by religion. Those Haitian pastors are keeping these people in... see more
Reply · March 16 at 2:28 AM
Bobv Sorry, I don't believe this is true for the majority. There may be some like that but not many. I never heard that song or anything similar sung in... see more
Reply · March 15 at 2:10 PM
F Etienne That is the reason I do not go to a Haitian church
Reply · March 15 at 12:36 PM
Evincent That song that you've quoted is also an American Gospel Song. It does not literary mean poverty. When you look around there are many evil ways one... see more
Reply · March 15 at 11:51 AM
Jj Oh Lord sa tro funny m paka ri non wi c vre yo mete ko yo mal pa gn anyin ki di siw riche ou paka sevi Die en faite roi David Salomon, Job yo tout t... see more
Reply · March 15 at 11:04 AM

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