Pat Robertson Doesn’t Speak for Me
[Sigh]. Pat Robertson did it again. As predictably as the sunrise, Pat made an erroneous, harmful, and hurtful public statement. Pat said that the earthquake in Haiti was God’s judgment on that nation for its alleged pact with the Devil. Even if he believes that, what kind of person says that while thousands lay buried alive in the rubble?
Last week at Sojourn, we discussed Brit Hume, Tiger Woods, and faith in the public square. Inevitably, we got into Pat Robertson’s comments about Haiti, which had just broken the day before. Robertson and Jerry Falwell had similar things to say about 9/11 and Katrina. Notable about this round of comments was that several prominent Christians quickly made it clear that they disagreed with Pat, in the strongest possible terms. I’ve found it important to state, clearly and consistently, that Pat Robertson doesn’t speak for me, nor does he represent most Christians, and I do not believe he is faithful to Scripture in his pronouncements. I’m not alone.
I gleaned these quotes from Twitter:
“Theological arrogance matched to ignorance.”
“Some prophets are nothing but windbags.The Lord hasn’t spoken through them,so let what they say happen to them”Jer.5:13
Judging other’s pain is arrogance: “It’s easy to condemn those who are suffering, when you have no troubles” Job 12:5 CEV
Labeling any natural disaster as God’s judgment is nonsense.True “judgment begins with God’s family” 1Peter4:17, not others
Donald Miller also weighed in with a humble, healthy perspective. He called for Christians to not get angry with Pat about Pat’s angry judgments. Worth a read.
My favorite tweet about Pat Robertson was something like this: “God loves Haiti, and Pat Robertson, even though both are natural disasters. Still, give money to Haiti, not the 700 Club.” Yup.