The Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN) and particularly Pat Robertson, have done some good things to advance Christianity, to make Christ's name known, to show compassion and generosity, and for all those things, they should be applauded.
But for these sorts of things... they (and again Pat Robertson) should be roundly criticized:
The Anchoress speaks for me on this:
What sensitivity and timing! Sort of like going up to a mother whose just lost her children in a house fire and saying, “well, you’ve sinned, so you had this coming, but now you’ll turn to God, and I’m gonna help you.”
Pat Robertson loves to do this; he loves to wade into horrific situations with the double-edged sword, one side marked “God’s Vengeance” and the other side marked “God’s Mercy,” and he is so damned clumsy with the thing, that as he flails about with it, he ends up cutting himself, wounding those he supposedly cares about, causing a bleed-out within the Body of Christ, which is the Christian Church, and generally making a balls of it, as my Auntie Lillie would say.
The double-edged sword is not Pat Robertson’s to wield; it is God’s. I wish he’d stop trying to pick up what is too heavy for him.
I wish the same... I so wish the same... Mr. Robertson's words, but more emphatically, his theology, are simply whacked. Peter Wehner tells us why:
I fully realize that Robertson long ago ceased being a serious figure in the eyes of many people. Still, he remains a person of some influence, an individual who ran for president, whose words still garner attention, and whose views reflect a strand of thought within Christendom. So when he speaks out like he did yesterday, his words and theology need to be challenged.
Unlike Pat Robertson, I don’t pretend to understand how and why God acts in this world. Christians must reconcile their belief in the incarnation and their conviction that Jesus cares deeply for us and is involved in the affairs of man with suffering and tragedy writ small and writ large. It isn’t an easy thing to come to grips with; sloganeering and nice, tidy explanations melt when confronted with the pain of life. Even C. S. Lewis, a monumental figure in 20th-century Christianity, saw his faith buckle for a time after the death of his wife Joy (Lewis eventually recovered his faith, though he was clearly a different man).
What the Christian faith teaches us is that even in suffering there can be redemption; that this world, for all of its joys and sorrows, is not our home; and that at the end of our pilgrimage, beyond the sufferings of this world, there are streams of mercy, never ceasing. This may not be the gospel according to Robertson; it is, though, the story of faith according to Jesus.
He's got more theological points at the link worthy of your time and prayer
And speaking of time and prayer, do spend some time in prayer and consider donating to help those impacted by the Haitian tragedy.
The BH household has just done so at World Vision. Perhaps you and those you know could do the same.