Pat Robertson is at it once again, claiming that the 7.0 earthquake that Haiti suffered two days ago was the result of "a pact they made with the devil."
Never mind the senselessness of Robertson's comments, what I want to know is why make these comments now? It would be a grand understatement to say that this is kicking the Haitians while they are down.
On the 700 Club's website (CBN) they claim:
"His [Robertson] humanitarian arm has been working to help thousands of people in Haiti over the last year, and they are currently launching a major relief and recovery effort to help the victims of this disaster. They have sent a shipment of millions of dollars worth of medications that is now in Haiti, and their disaster team leaders are expected to arrive tomorrow and begin operations to ease the suffering."
This is outstanding and I commend Robertson for his efforts; however, Robertson should know by now that every statement he makes such as "Haiti is suffering for a pact they made with the devil," is going to be played on every major news network around the world. He statements reflect poorly on all followers of Christ, but even more importantly, Christ Himself.
If you are an unbeliever, please know that when Robertson makes these insensitive claims such a tragic event, that it grieves us as much as it does you.
I plead with you to remember that you must judge a belief, not be the believer, but by the validity, or non-validity, of the belief itself.
For a heartfelt and reasonable response to this tragedy, please check out this blog post by Pastor Dave Vance entitled, "Christ in the Rubble."
Courage and Godspeed,
Note to Readers: I have emailed Pat Robertson's website editor and asked him for a list of scholars and/religious figures that believe this supposed "pact with the devil" the Haitians made. I'll keep you posted.