On the 700 Club last week, Pat Robertson responded to a woman who wrote in and talked about how men run when they find out she has three adopted children from overseas. Robertson, always the charmer, defended those men and slammed adoption from overseas. Here’s the video:
Russell Moore of the Southern Baptist Convention wrote an op-ed in the Christian Post saying that Robertson’s advice was “of the devil.”
I am taking a deep breath here and reciting Beatitudes to myself. I had promised never to mention Robertson here again. Every few months he says some crazy scandalous thing. He blames 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina on gays and lesbians, cozies up to the Chinese coercive and murderous one-child policy, counsels a man that he can divorce his Alzheimer’s-riddled wife because she’s “not there” anymore.Let me just say this bluntly. This is not just a statement we ought to disagree with. This is of the devil…
The issue here isn’t just that Robertson is, with cruel and callous language, dismissing the Christian mandate to care for the widows and orphans in their distress. The issue is that his disregard is part of a larger worldview. The prosperity and power gospel Robertson has preached fits perfectly well with the kind of counsel he’s giving in recent years. Give China a pass on their murderous policies; we’ve got business interests there. Divorce your weak wife; she can’t do anything for you anymore. Those adopted kids might have brain damage; they’re “weird.” What matters is health and wealth and power. But that’s not the gospel of Jesus Christ. For too long, we’ve let our leaders replace the cross with an Asherah pole. Enough is enough.
Pass the popcorn.