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Wednesday, August 24, 2005

on pat robertson and assassinations

Millionaire televangelist Pat Robertson called Monday for the assassination of Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez. In one succinct statement Robertson revealed his true nature. He is not a Christian, but a cold-hearted schemer with murder in his heart. He is the moral equivalent of radical Islamist clerics who issue fatwas against political leaders with whom they disagree.

Official response from the Bush administration was cautious. State Department spokesman Sean McCormack first insisted on Robertson's rights to speak his mind, then explained that Robertson's views were not shared by the administration. He stopped short of denouncing the remarks. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said, "He's a private citizen. Private citizens say all kinds of things all the time." Apparently the administration is more concerned about upsetting a long-time ally than distancing itself from such incendiary remarks.

Elsewhere the reaction was not so wishy-washy. Bob Edgar of the National Council of Churches called Robertson's statement, "appalling to the point of disbelief." Rev. Barry Lynn of Americans United for the Separation of Church and State said, "It's absolutely chilling to hear a religious leader call for the murder any of political leader."

This is just the latest of a long string of ungodly and unchristian statements by Pat Robertson. Yet he is still revered by millions of Americans. Is it any wonder that the United States is losing the respect of the rest of the world?


At 8/24/2005 8:48 AM, Anonymous Barry Dundas said...

Pat Robertson is an embarrassment to the Christian faith in many ways, but I think you raise a bigger question, what defines a Christian? You make the claim that Pat proves he is not a Christian by his actions. The same question has been asked of Dennis Rader here in Wichita. The man claims to be a Christian, attended church on a regular basis, has had constant contact with his pastor yet committed horrible crimes against humanity. So what defines a Christian? Is it simply a belief that Jesus is the son of God? Is it what Paul says in Romans, "That if you confess with your mouth, 'Jesus is Lord,' and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved"? Or does taking on the name Christian also include a way of life that includes not torturing and killing people or calling for their assassination? I tend to believe that as a disciple or follower of Jesus that I am trying to live a Christ-like life even though I fail daily, but is a disciple different than a Christian? It is kind of like being a little pregnant, where is the starting point?

At 8/24/2005 9:40 AM, Blogger Monk-in-Training said...

Clearly Pat HAS shown his true nature, a nature we all partake in. Jesus has shown us the way of forgiveness, openess, and love. That is the path, the Door to the Father, not our fleshly natures, so easily given in to.

Lord have mercy. †

At 8/24/2005 3:43 PM, Blogger Timothy said...

Never has the term "wolf in sheeps' clothing" been more relevant than today. We have two extremely famous and popular 'Christians' (bush and robertson), who are a mouthpiece for war and destruction.

At 8/24/2005 10:34 PM, Blogger BruceA said...

Robertson apologized this afternoon for his remarks, after denying this morning that he had said them. He seems to have grasped finally that he is not above being held accountable. That's a good start.

At 8/24/2005 11:10 PM, Blogger BruceA said...

I'd like to explore Barry's comments about what defines a Christian, and is a disciple something different?

Personally, I've always defined Christianity in terms of Matthew 7:20, "You will know them by their fruits." I've also always known that that is not necessarily an accurate measurement. As Barry and Monk both point out, we all fail.

So I usually don't even try to decide who is and who is not a Christian. But I see Pat Robertson's latest idiotic remark, and I react. I wouldn't react so strongly if I didn't know people who think that every word Robertson speaks comes straight from the mind of God.

Is Pat Robertson ultimately a Christian? Is Dennis Rader a Christian? From all outside appearances, I'd say the answer would be no. But if King David could commit adultery and murder and still be called "a man after God's own heart," then can we really judge from outside appearances?

On the other hand, if we have no objective standard for determining who is and who is not a Christian, does the word "Christian" have any meaning?

At 8/25/2005 6:58 AM, Anonymous Barry Dundas said...

I agree, I don't want Pat Robertson to be the voice of Christianity. His influence is to great (something I just don't get, what is the appeal?). Therefore I would invite all of your readers to do what many United Methodist pastors in Kansas are doing. We are writing KWCH 12 and asking them to remove The 700 Club from their programming schedule. The e-mail address is You will get a response that says they too are upset and a copy of Robertson's apology (one that is severly lacking any sense of remorse), but no intention to take the program off the air. It will probably make little difference, but at least our voices will be heard.


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