Saturday, January 16, 2010

Haiti, Pat Robertson And The Christian Response

Thanks to Instapundit for this terrific link:

"In a humorous holiday episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000, the Devil is invited to a Thanksgiving dinner where he is asked to tell everyone what he is thankful for. He looks up and replies, "Pat Robertson." It's a funny joke, but many Christians do feel as if Mr. Robertson is playing for the other team. His odd remarks about Haiti have only continued this trend, because what he said was foolish and completely un-biblical.

No part of scripture tells us that God intends to allow natural disasters to overcome any country that involves themselves in sin. Obviously, if things worked this way the Nazis could not have come into power, Stalin would have been struck by lightening, and nations that broadcast pornography during prime time would suffer yearly droughts.

No, there's no precedent for this nonsense in Christianity. Sure, in the Old Testament God punished people as he saw fit, but the Bible doesn't establish a predictable formula for this sort of thing; in fact, His preferred method was to establish good relations with those nations. (See Jonah, for example.)"

Read the whole important thing - it's very good.

Of course, Pat Robertson is no Danny Glover!

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