This man makes my head explode. Why does anyone still listen to Pat Robertson? He pretends to be a moral leader and a good Christian. But doesn’t that mean taking care of those in need, especially when they’re children?!
When asked by a viewer why she was having trouble finding a man willing to date her after finding out she had three adopted children from around the world, Robertson had this to say (emphasis mine):
A man doesn’t want to take on the United Nations, and this woman’s got all these various children and blended family. What is it? And you don’t know what problems there are. I’m serious. I got a dear friend with an adopted son, little kid from an orphanage down in Columbia. Child had brain damage. You know, grew up weird. And you just never know what’s been done to a child before you get that child, what kind of sexual abuse, what kind of cruelty, what kind of food deprivation, etc, etc, etc. So, you’re not a dog ’cause you don’t want to take on that kind of responsibility. You don’t have to take on someone else’s problems. I mean you really don’t. You can go help people, you can minister to people. We minister to orphans all over the world, thousands of them. We love orphans, we love helping people. But that doesn’t necessarily mean that I’m gonna take all of the orphans around the world into my home.
Ministering to orphans IS NOT helping them. It’s just about the most worthless thing you can do for them. And it may be quite psychologically harmful. “There’s this lovely god who is all-powerful but he’s obviously doing nothing to help you and neither will we. Except to minister to you.”
How can Robertson have so little compassion for those with such great need? Yes, many children who need to be adopted have greater needs because of abuse they’ve experienced. And yes, not everyone is going to opt in for that kind of responsibility. But Robertson should be applauding this woman for her having a heart overflowing with love, for not caring that her’s is a “blended family.”
The advice she deserved is this: Start telling the men you’re dating about your adopted children upfront. Most of them won’t be interested but this knowledge will act as a filter for those not afraid of a challenge, for those who are filled with compassion and a desire to give to those in need. I hope she finds a man as loving and awesome as she is.
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