Dear Pat Robertson, You’re Not Helping
According to the atheists and secularists out there, almost all of who happen to be Liberals, the conservatives of today are religious fanatics following a quasi-medieval theology. In their eyes, we “Christianists” are as much a threat to society as the radical Muslims are (in fact, to some the “Christianists” are an even greater threat).
This is why people like Rev. Pat Robertson do us no service when they say things like this:
Nevermind, of course, that the pact he speaks of is an urban legend that is just that, a legend.
Peter Wehner at the National Review gives as good a rebuttal as could be given, speaking for the rest of us Christians on the right:
There is another important issue involved here, which is a warped and confused theology Robertson has employed before. For example, Robertson agreed with Jerry Falwell that on 9/11 God lifted the “curtain” and allowed the enemies of America to give us “probably what we deserve”; and in 1998 he warned after Orlando city officials voted to fly rainbow flags from city lampposts during an annual Gay Day event at Disney World, “I don’t think I’d be waving those flags in God’s face if I were you. . . . [A] condition like this will bring about the destruction of your nation. It’ll bring about terrorist bombs, it’ll bring earthquakes, tornadoes, and possibly a meteor.”
Pat Robertson’s argument is as neat and clean as a mathematical equation: God grants blessings and curses on nations and people based on their allegiance and obedience to Him. If things are going well, you’re living right; if things are going badly, you’re living wrong. And it is Robertson himself who can divine the hierarchy of sins that most trouble God.
But this view simply does not correspond with any serious understanding of Christianity. After all, the most important symbol in Christianity is the Cross, which represents suffering, agony, and death. When Jesus spoke to Ananias, who was instrumental in the conversion of the Apostle Paul, Ananias was told, “I will show [Paul] how much he must suffer for my name.” Christ Himself warned His disciples that they would suffer for His sake; most of them were martyred for their faith. The Apostle Peter speaks about the suffering that Christians will endure for doing good. And in the book of Romans we read that we are to rejoice in our suffering because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance produces character; and character produces hope. On and on it goes.
What the Christian faith teaches us is that even in suffering there can be redemption; that this world, for all of its joys and sorrows, is not our home; and that at the end of our pilgrimage, beyond the sufferings of this world, there are streams of mercy, never ceasing. This may not be the gospel according to Robertson; it is, though, the story of faith according to Jesus.
In addition to the lengthy portion I have quoted here, the rest of his work is well worth a read.
As Wehner points out in another part of his post, Robertson has probably lost most of his importance to much of the conservative movement, but his status as a former leader is something that can and has been milked by many Liberals each and every time he opens his trap to make a similar pronouncement. To them, these utterances are but a few examples of how warped the so-called “religious right” really is. After all, there was a time when he was quite important–a presidential candidate, even!–so this is only playing into their hands showing how crazy we supposedly are.
If your purpose is to advance Christendom, or even conservative principles, Rev. Robertson, proclamations like this are not helping you or the rest of us at all.
EDIT: looking over my comments about Robertson, I can’t help but think of what Oliver Cromwell said: “You have sat too long for any good you have been doing lately … Depart, I say; and let us have done with you. In the name of God, go!“. For this conservative and Christian, it applies just as much to Pat Robertson.