It really irritates me when people say things with a lack of compassion, and then tack the name of Jesus on. Case in point, when someone says the earthquake in Haiti is a result of a pact with the devil made 400 years ago. This really gets under my skin.
I feel sorry for Pat Robertson, honestly, because he does not know the compassionate and loving God (Jesus) from the bible. It’s unfortunate for someone to go through their entire life claiming they believe in someone when their words and deeds don’t match up.
I also find it saddening that so many Christians believe that all suffering is just punishment from God. Shouldn’t we know that isn’t true?
Look at the disciples and all of those saints who were martyred. Was God punishing them? Absolutely not.
For goodness sake, look at the life of Jesus. Was God simply pouring his wrath out over his son? No!
Part of life is suffering. That is part of living life in a fallen world, sometimes we suffer.
It is absurd to blame things on the wrath of God, with out a direct and finite edict from him. We are called to be people who radiate and demonstrate God’s love, compassion, grace, etc. Making bold claims flippantly does not radiate these qualities, especially to those who are suffering and grieving losses. When, in the Gospels, do you ever see Jesus reacting like this? Never.
It disgusts me that many people will hear the words of a few powerful Christians with bad theology. I am so frustrated at how many folks will have their views of Christians tainted because of the poor choices some people make.
Please, brothers and sisters, think before you speak.
And lastly, please pray for Haiti, and if you’re financially able — GIVE. (Generously.)
PS: And pray for Pat Robertson too. Pray for God’s forgiveness and grace to come over him.
PPS: God loves Haitians.