Be glad that Pat Robertson is not the Savior Jesus Christ, but imagine if he were.
A female viewer wrote into The 700 Club with a question. This lady is a mother to three adopted children from foreign countries. She wanted to know why the men she dates always leave once they find out she has three adopted children from three different countries.
Host Pat Robertson provided…an answer.
“you just never know what’s been done to a child before you get that child; what kind of sexual abuse there has been, what kind of cruelty, what kind of food deprivation” that might cause them to grow up “weird.”1
“but that doesn’t necessarily mean that I want to take all the orphans around the world into my home”2
The irony is that every human has problems – more problems that each care to admit. God’s word describes people of the world as being sexually immoral, impure, sensual, idolaters, hostile, jealous, angry, bitter, divisive, antagonistic, quarrelsome, drunken and the like (Gal. 5:19-21). Even Christians struggle with worldliness in forms of sexual immorality, impurity, covetousness and evil desires (Col. 3:5). Also, Christians once lived lives of anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk (Col. 3:8).
In short, we are all sinners.
If Pat Robertson were Jesus none of us would likely be adopted as God’s children. Robertson is not Jesus – thankfully, none of us are! However, not being Jesus should not prevent Robertson from trying to provide a biblically compassionate answer to the lady who adopted children from three different nations.
Robertson would have done well to remember that Jesus was adopted (Matt. 1:18-25). Also, despite all of those “weird” descriptions above of human sinfulness – Jesus Christ died for sinners (Rom. 5:8). God adopts those sinners as His children “through Jesus Christ” (Eph. 1:5). Jesus receives people from all Nations (Matt. 28:19).
Thankfully, God opens His home to all through the gospel of Jesus Christ. Nothing is too weird or too sinful to exclude anyone from adoption into God’s family through the gospel.
- Kyle Mantyla. More Solid Advice From Pat Robertson: Be Careful About Adopting Children. rightwingwatch.org ↩
- Ibid. ↩