Thursday, January 14, 2010

Jesus, John and Pat

A couple thousand years ago, there was a disaster in the ancient city of Siloam in Israel. A tower fell and 18 people were killed. Did they deserve it? Would it be wrong of someone to have said they deserved it? Check out Jesus' words in Luke 13:

"Or those eighteen who died when the tower in Siloam fell on them—do you think they were more guilty than all the others living in Jerusalem? I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish."

Was this statement devoid of love or compassion for the people who died in the disaster or for those who survived it?

Fast-forward 1700 years to John Wesley:

“The Cause And Cure Of Earthquakes”: A Sermon By John Wesley First Published In 1730

Was Wesley's sermon devoid of love or compassion?

And now here we are in 2010 with Pat Robertson making a statement - which is, of course, being ripped completely out of context by liberals and by people on the right who've been duped by the liberals' portrayals of Robertson. You can watch the statement in context in the first 8 minutes or so of the 700 Club here:

The 700 Club: January 13, 2010

Yes, Robertson is saying the Haitians deserved this disaster, and rightly so! He'd be right in saying that about any other country suffering such a disaster. We're ALL guilty of grievous sins against God and we're ALL deserving of death however it comes. However, what Robertson is NOT saying is that the Haitians don't deserve compassion, love and aid. In fact, his "Operation Blessing" organization is sending aid to Haiti. That hardly sounds like someone who is gleeful about the disaster as so many are trying to portray his statements.

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