Pat Robertson was in the news yet again for a statement he later apologized for. A pattern appears to be forming. At first glance, it seems like the man blurts out before considering the ramifications and then tries to take it back. That’s not what I see happening here, though.
The first time that I remember, Robertson states last summer that someone should assassinate the Hugo Chavez, the President of Venezuela. That’s more than harsh. That’s inappropriate.
Should a man of God order a hit on anyone? Don’t think so. After stirring up a hornets’ nest, he retracted his assassination comment, though he maintained his belief that Chavez is similar to Adolf Hitler or Sadamm Hussein.
There are so many angles to this. You have other religious leaders who want to weigh whenever possible to turn the masses toward a certain direction. I personally am not a huge fan of Pat Robertson. I appreciate his faith-based news show, simply because it is more relevant to people than TBN or that other “Christian” network.
Don’t get me started on them. I have a hard time believing that it is better to reach the world with a warped message than no message at all. That’s a topic I can discuss another time.
Here’s what I think about Robertson’s comments about Sharon: I think Robertson spoke what he believed, what many Christians believe, but then he backed down due to political and/or financial pressure.
How can I say that? Simple. I agree that God has intended the land of Israel for Israel, and He has clearly spoken in Scripture about the penalties for intruding upon that inheritance.
Pat made an important connection: Yitzhak Rabin (Israel’s leader in the early 90’s) was assassinated after signing the Oslo peace accords that granted limited self-rule to Palestinians. Ten years later, we have Ariel Sharon evacuating Jews from the Gaza Strip so that the Palestinians can live there. And now Sharon has suffered a severe stroke.
Sidenote: Remember the name Rev. Barry Lynn, if you don’t know it already. He is the executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, and he is absoluetly clueless. That he has an international voice also means his stupidity is dangerous.
Back to the point. Here is Robertson’s statement that caused the controversy: “He was dividing God’s land, and I would say, ‘Woe unto any prime minister of Israel who takes a similar course to appease the [European Union], the United Nations or the United States of America.’ God says, ‘This land belongs to me, and you’d better leave it alone.'”
Everyone’s mad because a man is in critical condition and it is “insensitive” to say something like that at this time. That kind of thinking, ladies and gentlemen, is a load of crap!
I am not claiming to know God’s calling on Pat Robertson’s life. I don’t know if he said what he said because God told him to. But I do believe he spoke truth. Truth isn’t always comfortable. It usually isn’t politically correct. It is raw and harsh at times, because it does not cater to people’s preferences or fears. If something is wrong, it is wrong. If a man murders and then has a heart attack, it is not wrong to state that he was possibly reaping what he sowed.
Science is supposed to be objective. A scientist will tell you that gravity is gravity despite how much it hurts your feelings. The laws of the universe don’t change because it’s not a good time for them to be present. There are moral and ethical absolutes in the universe as well, and those don’t change because a nice guy is in the hospital.
Sharon really is a nice guy, from what everyone says, including Pat Robertson. It wasn’t a stab at Sharon, it was a judgment of his actions. Pat Robertson believes that the withdrawl from the Gaza Strip is the wrong decision. I agree with him.
That leaves us with the question of Robertson withdrawing his statement. That is the only part of this particular situation that I cannot condone. A man should speak what he believes needs to be spoken, and stand by it. If Robertson actually believes he misspoke, then I am disappointed with him yet again.