Posted by guest blogger Mommynator.
Back when Pat Robertson started the 700 Club, he brought a freshness to the faith, with many possibilities that had not been preached before. He was a great encouragement to people going through very hard times. I parted company with his thinking when he decided to be more political and made it seem that the New Heaven and New Earth could be brought about by working real hard and through political means.
Having said that, I do think that the criticism of his remarks is unfair, even if he expressed himself clumsily.
Was God out of line when He confused the languages at Babel? They were guilty of beginning to consider themselves equal to God, worshiping themselves and their works rather than their Creator.
Was God out of line when He destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah? They are still a byword for perversion of all sorts, and all the other evil that goes with such lawbreaking. They were destroyed by God because they were considered unredeemable.
Was God out of line when He warned His own beloved, Israel, of the consequences of following after other gods and practicing things He expressly told them would ruin them? How many times were they made captive? How many times were they scattered over the earth because they could not be allowed to live in the land God promised because of their sin?
Was God out of line to kill the worshipers of the golden calf? Ananias and Sapphira for lying to the Holy Spirit to make themselves appear better than they were?
What exactly are the warnings in the Bible of punishment for continued and deliberate pursuit of sin?
Why are people ignoring the fact that the majority of Haiti's population pursued voodoo and other occult practices, which are definitely and strictly forbidden by God? Can you truly say that their poverty and difficulties were without cause? That maybe it was God's attempt to reach them, and they ignored Him?
In all the examples I've listed, were not innocent people made to suffer as well as the guilty?
I will not minimize the suffering, and will be contributing towards their help. I only wish I had some kind of nursing credential to be able to make the trip there to do whatever possible.
But before everyone gets all high-horsy, before everyone loses sight of God's mercy and also His justice and patient attempts to woo us to Him, think. Take five minutes to consider this.
Okay, now lob your missiles at me. I expect it because this is not a popular train of thought. I'm sure the bile will flow out of the woodwork onto me.