Friday, January 15, 2010

The "Reverend" Pat Robertson Should Be Ashamed


In the wake of Tuesday's horrific earthquake in Haiti, most people around the globe were moved with compassion and sorrow. Sadly, the "Reverend" Pat Robertson, host of the Christian Broadcast Network (CBN) show "700 Club", was moved to ugly when he made the following comment:

Robertson made similarly un-Christian comments after both 9-11 and Hurricane Katrina. I think at this point, The Wrong Rev. is pretty much counted on to say something both offensive and disturbing after every world tragedy.

On CBN's website, a statement was released "clarifying" Robertson's comments.

On today’s The 700 Club, during a segment about the devastation, suffering and humanitarian effort that is needed in Haiti, Dr. Robertson also spoke about Haiti’s history. His comments were based on the widely-discussed 1791 slave rebellion led by Boukman Dutty at Bois Caiman, where the slaves allegedly made a famous pact with the devil in exchange for victory over the French. This history, combined with the horrible state of the country, has led countless scholars and religious figures over the centuries to believe the country is cursed...

Which countless scholars? Did they all attend Jackass Televangelist School with Robertson? I actually know people who believe similarly regarding curses. In a strange way, I can see the appeal of blaming bad stuff that happens in life on some past bad actions, or good things occurring being the result of behaving well. Curses are the flip side of the "favor" coin. But this type of thinking falls apart quickly (at least it should) in reality. Matthew 5:45 says "...for He [God] causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous." Nature, and life, with all it's good and bad, occurs whether we are good and bad, whether we like it or not. If there is a curse in play, it is the curse of sin that has poisoned even the Earth (Genesis 3:17). Romans 8:20-22 says "Against its will, all creation was subjected to God's curse. But with eager hope, the creation looks forward to the day when it will join God's children in glorious freedom from death and decay. For we know that all creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time." God has promised those who believe new bodies, and a glorious new home. II Peter 3:13 says "But we are looking forward to the new heavens and new earth he has promised, a world filled with God's righteousness."

A sound Christian response to those in need is to help, as our Lord commanded us, and I know personally, I'll be donating money to aid the victims of this disaster. To Robertson's credit, his organization is even donating. I encourage all who can, to do likewise. Click here for a link to the Red Cross, which has already raised millions for relief.


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