Pat Robertson: Turn the other cheek until nightfall

I just had to post about Robertson since I always question where these “moderate Muslims” are speaking out against these “radical Muslims” who engage in terrorism. No, I am not saying Robertson is engaging in terrorism, but he is seen internationally as a Christian leader and a political voice. And I, as simply a Christian that some may even call a fundementalist, would like to distance myself from Robertson and say that he does not speak for Christianity.

Robertson has a wide reach. I imagine his main influence is through the 700 Club TV show that he hosts. The audience reached by the 700 Club ain’t to shabby extending to “95 percent” of US TV markets, in more than “200 countries” and is “accessible throughout the year by more than 1.5 billion people around the world.” Robertson has many achievements that touch many people which can be seen in his bio. He has also run for president, authored several books and can be seen frequently as a political talk show guest.

My main concern is his status as a Christian leader. He may be a free citizen not elected to public office, but he still carries responsibility as a Christian leader. He now says that he was misrepresented, though you can listen to what he said and he was not misrepresented in his comments about executing a world leader, an elected one at that. Regardless of what he does on the political side (it was still a terrible move politically), as a Christian he should repent. He should let the world know that his thoughts on said execution were not and cannot be derived by any teaching of Jesus Christ. This public figure has a chance to do what’s right and repent of dragging Christ’s name through the mud. I am sure those who hate Christ as well as the USA, those who see Christians and the USA as inseparable one now feel somewhat justified in their hateful feelings towards Christians. I can just see Robertson’s call of execution being conflated with a way for Christians to spread their religion.

This is an embarrassment to the name of Christ.


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{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Rusty August 25, 2005 at 7:56 pm

jM! excellent post. I agree. Robertson needs to apologize AGAIN, this time however, without making any excuses.

2 PapaCool August 25, 2005 at 5:30 pm

PapaCool notes that Pat Robertson has become the poster-child for “foot-in-mouth disease” with this comment – yes, this is exactly what we call terrorist when a person in another country says something similar about our leaders.

3 Howard Fisher August 31, 2005 at 5:36 pm

I agree with Rusty who agrees with jM!

4 Ken Norris September 2, 2005 at 2:54 am

I agree with howard who agrees with rusty who agrees with jM. Awesome post as always Mark!


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