Let me begin this post with a statement for any readers who are not Christians or skeptical of Christian religiosity: Pat Robertson does NOT SPEAK for the most Christians. He certainly does not speak for me, my church, my students or my ministry at all.
Not since the 2004 tsunami in the Pacific have we seen a natural disaster equal to the one we are now witnessing. This week’s earthquake in Haiti is a tragedy of massive proportions that should force us all to re-think, re-focus, and re-direct our prayers, money, and mission efforts.
But according to one televangelist from Virginia Beach, the Haitians brought it on themselves, and we might even call this a “blessing in disguise”:
It’s not like we haven’t already seen this routine. We saw it after 9/11, we hear it about AIDS, and we heard it about the tsunami. But isn’t it about time to say, “Enough is enough?”
It is time to fire Pat Robertson. It is time to have him removed from the airwaves.
I’m not talking about censorship. I believe in Robertson’s right to speak. The constitution assures Americans the right to spout anything they want, including stupidity. Robertson has mastered the art, and he is not subject to censorship by the government, the FCC, the television stations, etc.
He is subject to accountability from the Christians that he claims to represent. Christians need to remove him from the airwaves.
Christians love a cause, and many love a good protest. While the disaster in Haiti deserves our full attention right now, why don’t we start a simultaneous protest against Robertson? Good ole Pat’s idiotic comments are probably doing as more damage to Christianity than gay marriage ever will.
Good ole Pat may come across as a harmless old man who lives on the fringe, but you better believe that everyone is hearing what he has to say. And people are forming their opinions about Christianity based on those words.
Besides, when did good ole Pat decide that we have Voodoo Jesus? Do we honestly believe that the Christ who offers the grace to take away the sins of the entire world is holding some grudge against Haiti for something that happened in 1791?
And while we’re at it, was good ole Pat an eye-witness to the Haitians selling their soul to the devil? Pat’s not Moses, no matter what he may think of himself.
Do you want to take a stand for Christ? Then take a stand against people like Pat Robertson, who spout their own arrogance and stupidity and attach the name of Christ to it.
There are hundreds of sports websites out there calling for the firing of some coach. “FireCoach (fill in name) .com”. I am sure that many Christians go on these sites (I’ve visited a few myself) to call for a coach to lose his job. Maybe it’s time to start a site about something more important than football (yeah, I said it, MORE IMPORTANT THAN FOOTBALL) coaches losing a job.
Can someone with the know-how get a “FirePatRobertson.com” website up and running?
If Christians will stop watching his channel, turn off the 700 Club, and call a few of his sponsors, maybe the money will dry up and good ole Pat will go away. Thankfully. Mercifully. The name of Christ would be better off.
Perhaps we should make some posters and take a road trip to Virginia Beach, and protest right outside his little compound.
But before anything else, let’s show the world that Christianity is exactly the OPPOSITE of Pat Robertson. Find a way to give whatever you can, whenever you can, to help the people of Haiti.
This is the best way to show the world that Christ is present, by being the presence of Christ for the people of Haiti.