Sunday, January 17, 2010

Pat Robertson and Ecclesiastical Idiocy

If you haven't seen it, here's the video where Pat Robertson cites a Haiti legend as the reason for the island's troubles, most notably poverty and earthquakes.

Now, I'm a Christian, but I'm not hyperspiritual and I don't buy what Pat Robertson is saying.

The pact with Satan is an unsubstantiated rumor from Haiti's past. A World Net Daily article quotes Haitian Christian minister, Jean R. Gelin PHD, who has studied the issue (emphasis mine):

. . . such a strong affirmation should be based on solid historical and scriptural ground. But, although the satanic pact idea is by far the most popular explanation for Haiti's birth as a free nation, especially among Christian missionaries and some Haitian church leaders, it is nothing more than a fantastic opinion that ultimately dissipates upon close examination.

This really bugs me. Aside from the inherent cruelty of the statement (that being the idea that Haiti brought this on itself), when a high profile minister such as Robertson publicly cites this as a reason for the earthquake, it threatens the credibility of every Christian minister. How can we expect the world to take our claims of eternal life or damnation seriously when we are seen as giving credence to legends and rumors?


Kristin said...

I think that the only way we retain credibility is by taking responsibility for 'our' crackpots and address the hurt they cause. It's tragic. These same kinds of things were said after Katrina (or any other disaster). It was just as cruel and ignorant then as it is now.

Grendel said...

Well, you've probably already read my mini-rant about this . . . and, i agree with what Kristin said . . . we have to take some responsibility for the lack of compassion shown by some of our brethren. It might be easier if we could actually "lovingly confront" one of them, but like most media whores, they try to be inaccessible to the unwashed masses. Good write, Kip.

Matt @ The Church of No People said...

Hey Kip, thanks for the comment on my blog. I think it's a little humorous that you got into trouble for 'rounding' numbers in the Bible. But hey, if that woman has that much faith, let her have it :)