WASHINGTON (By Alan Elsner, Reuters, Nov. 11) - Conservative Christian televangelist Pat Robertson told citizens of a Pennsylvania town that they had rejected God by voting their school board out of office for supporting "intelligent design" and warned them on Thursday not to be surprised if disaster struck.
At first I thought Reuter's Elsner read a bit too much into Robertson's quote, but yes indeed, Prophet Pat of the 700 Club digs the hole deeper:
"I'd like to say to the good citizens of Dover: if there is a disaster in
your area, don't turn to God, you just rejected Him from your city."
"And don't wonder why He hasn't helped you when problems begin, if they begin. I'm not saying they will, but if they do, just remember, you just voted God out of your city. And if that's the case, don't ask for His help because he might not be there."Now this is just plain irresponsible.
But not because God can use natural disasters in positive ways - I believe he does . . . we can learn discipline through a variety of means (now "punishment" via natural disasters is a different issue which I'll have to address one day). I'm upset that Pat has declared that God might not be there if people turn to him in repentance. Tell that to Nineveh.
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Keep it clean and positive. (And sorry about the word verification, but the spmb*ts are out in full force!)