I've probably written about this before. When I was a little girl, my dad ran against the sitting U.S. Senator, Willis Robertson, and defeated him in the Democratic Primary in Virginia. Within a few years, Sen. Robertson's son, Pat, got his TV start in my hometown, and my grandmother (not my father's mother) became a financial supporter of his ministry.
Needless to say, this was aggravating that was for my parents, especially as my grandmother grew close enough to the Robertsons that Dede (Mrs. Pat) embroidered a set of curtains for her.
When my grandmother had a series of small strokes in her late 70s, the Robertsons dropped her. After all those years of taking her money, and inviting her to their house, and giving her little gifts, they dropped her. And it hurt her feelings.
But maybe she deserved what she got. After all, she made a pact with Pat Robertson. And he is ALL about people reaping what they sow.
Because he has sown hatred and prejudice, I deplore Pat Robertson's remarks about Haiti made earlier today. As a Christian, I disavow them. He makes Christians look not just mean and bad, but superstitious and idiotic. That he draws people to him through a message of being superior to and separate from other people who will clearly go to hell suggests he has made his own pact in the interest of his own power and security.
Here's what I believe. We live complicated lives on a complicated planet and the wonder is when we don't get sick and our houses don't fall down. When people are poor and in need and then further disaster befalls them, the Divine Source of All That Is does not reject them but suffers with them. And I cannot believe the God I love brings such events to bear.
I do not believe in the God Pat Robertson claims.