Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Brother Robertson Has Spoken . . . Again!

Well, I've never been an avid fan of evangelist Pat Robertson and the 700 Club anyway but now any credibility he may have had, as far as I'm concerned, is completely shot. You gotta forgive him for being ignorant; preaching "hate" out of fear; invoking the name of God because he simply doesn't understand.

A couple of years ago he said that God told him that a meteor would fall to earth and destroy the city of Orlando, Florida because they decided to hold an annual Gay-Day, honoring the GLBT community that descended each year in mass on the city. How dumb is that? I don't think he lost any market share for this stupidity. It didn't seem to stop his momentum in making even more ignorant remarks. And even though the event did not happen, his sheep continued to watch him and his audience probably increased. The people who listen to his ravings want to believe that the "bigotry" he preaches and "righteousness" are the same thing.

This time, calling for the assassination of the president of Venezuela. . . . wow! Now I've made some serious mistakes and done some bad things, even as a Christian, but I've never called for someone to be murdered and justified it as right before God, and on international television. As an evangelist for Jesus Christ, what could he have been thinking?

The clear message of faith we have from Jesus' teaching is "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the sons of God. You have heard that it was said, 'YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR and hate your enemy.' But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous." This is the basic stuff of the gospel and what it means to be a Christian. Hate is not in the equation for the followers of Jesus.

Mr. Robertson is a strong advocate for the rights of the unborn, but I guess after those babes are born, taking them out is okay, if in his opinion they turned out to be a bad apple. This is a major problem for right-wing conservative fundamentalists Christians. The blatant hypocrisy of condemning lesbians and gays (or anyone else) because they do not fit the narrow interpretation of scripture they hold and then turn right around and call for murder, a clear violation of the principles of the Sermon on the Mount. How ludicrous can you get? Who does he think he is?

The President has so far not made any comment. I'll be surprised if he does. Pat Robertson is one of those who supported him the most. I'm sure his other sheepish followers will reject any appeal for sanity from the media or from people like me and will send him more money so that he can keep the message of hate alive. It's scarey. Where are we going with all this? Mixing politics and religion is a bad idea - one that has never worked historically, but here we go again.


Blogger J. Stephen Conn said...

Yep, this is scarey stuff.

7:05 AM  

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