Ok, let me start with I am not just a Pat Robertson basher. In 6th grade I accepted Chirst as my personal Savior while watching the 700 Club and in high school I did stuff with my parents in the Christian Coalition. That said, what is wrong with that man? For those who do not know, Pat Robertson has decided to share what God “revealed” to him. According to an AOL article:
“If I heard the Lord right about 2006, the coasts of America will be lashed by storms,” Robertson said May 8. On Wednesday, he added, “There well may be something as bad as a tsunami in the Pacific Northwest.”
This comes after he made a statement that the US should assasinate Hugo Chavez. And while I am not a fan of Chavez, that was uncalled for. I understand that Robertson may desire to be the “Jeremiah of his time” (a description often used of Winston Churchill) but I don’t think that he is even coming close. Is this helping? Hurting? I don’t think that Pat Robertson is helping anyone. Wheither or not God revealed this to him is almost irrelevant. Was he sharing this to help people in love or scare them. I understand the “hell fire and brimstone” method of preaching but this isn’t really the situation. For those of you not familiar, this was a method of scaring you into realizing that you need God and then tells you about God’s grace and mercy. While this isn’t my preferred method, it can be effective. The difference with that and what Pat Robertson is doing is large. A preacher has you for the hour, Pat Robertson has you for the sound bite. When we all hear these quotes we aren’t getting to have the chance to hear about God’s love for us and grace. I have to say that I am quite sad by what Pat Robertson is doing to himself and his reputation. I also hope that people don’t judge God and His Son by a Robertson sound bite.