Pat Robertson’s Haiti Comments: Please Speak the Gospel, Pat!

He’s at it again.  Here’s what he had to say about Haiti’s recent earthquake:

I’m an evangelical pastor – obviously I wholeheartedly agree that God disciplines his children just a good father and mother discipline their child when he/she does something that is wrong and harmful… but on what basis does he say these things?  Is he claiming some prophetic message to say what he said?  It sounds like he’s not even certain of when this “pact” was made, and if it was under Napoleon III (as he suggested) that was 150 years ago.

Voodoo and other occult religions are very common in Haiti.  But I’ve also heard accounts of people saying that people were running out of buildings the other day crying out for Jesus to protect them!

I believe in the Gospel: the Good News.  There’s good news because there’s bad news – but the emphasis is on the Good News!  The bad news is that we’re all sinners and intentionally have rebelled against God’s perfect standards, and hence, we all deserve the judgment our sins require.  But the Good News (that is what “Gospel” means, afterall) is this: God has made a way for us to receive what we don’t deserve!  God has provided Jesus Christ as our substitute.  If we place our faith in Jesus Christ (that means believing what the Holy Bible teaches about him: Virgin Birth, Perfect Life, Sinless Death, Resurrection from the Dead, Ascension into Heaven, Coming Return in the Future) then your sin has already been paid for through His death on the cross.  That Gospel Message ought to be our emphasis.

As I already said: If we aren’t aware that there is bad news, there’s no need to hear good news (because you simply assume all news is good).  Similarly, if people aren’t aware of their sin then there’s no need for them to hear about a Savior and Forgiver (because there’s nothing to be saved from or forgiven of).  So, yes, we do need to speak about sin and judgment… but not insensitively or in a way that emphasizes judgement over grace.

God is the Judge, but He’s also the Savior.  The Bible says “God is love” (1 John 4:8).  Pat Robertson’s remarks mentioned above are simply insensitive and ungodly.  He reminds me of Obadiah 1:12 “You should not look down on your brother in the day of his misfortune, nor rejoice over the people of Judah in the day of their destruction, nor boast so much in the day of their trouble.”

May we all, Christians especially, lift up Haiti in prayer now more than ever!  Pray for Christian love to flood Haiti and for God’s love to be overwhelming to all the people.

Please forgive us Christians for hurtful and insensitive comments made by members of our Faith and remember that they are not the only voices from among us to take note of…

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