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Cyclone Nargis swept through Burma's low-lying Irrawaddy Delta on May 2. The 2004 Asian tsunami had stripped the terrain of much of its protective vegetation. Initial reports indicated that tens of thousands of people, unwarned by Myanmar's military junta, died in the howling winds, storm surge, and flooding.

When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his throne in heavenly glory. All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.

International relief agencies geared up to save lives in the critical first hours and days after the disaster, before a host of diseases and injuries drove the death toll far higher. But the government stymied their efforts.

Robert Gates, the U.S. secretary of defense, complained of the thuggish regime's "criminal neglect." With more than 133,000 feared dead and millions more affected or homeless, other observers, including Benedict Rogers of Christian Solidarity Worldwide, accuse Myanmar's overseers of committing crimes against humanity.

Then the King will say to those on his right, "Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me."

Days later, an earthquake registering 8.0 on the Richter scale shook China's southwestern Sichuan Province, killing more than 69,000 people. Much ...

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Stan Guthrie is an editor at large for Christianity Today and author of Missions in the Third Millennium and All That Jesus Asks. His column, "Foolish Things," ran from 2006 to 2007.
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