Praying for a Miracle
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Within a few short hours of publishing Meditation 126 on July 15 with its footnote:
"If this supposed omniscient and perfect god really has a plan, why do people insist on praying to him to change the plan?"
we find Pat Robertson praying for a miracle. He isn't planning on praying alone. He is asking his entire nationwide audience on the 700 Club to pray with him.
What miracle is Robertson praying for? He is praying that God will remove three judges from the United States' Supreme Court so conservatives can replace them."
In an earlier letter in June, Robertson had written,
"One justice is 83 years old, another has cancer and another has a heart condition. Would it not be possible for God to put it in the minds of these three judges that the time has come to retire?''
By the time of the July call for prayers of a miracle, Robertson seems to have dropped the idea of specifying retirement. It looks like he will generously permit God to choose the option to create the vacancies.
This is an issue of concern, because such a call by someone as influential as Robertson can easily influence a member of the lunatic fringe to believe he has received a message from God to facilitate one or more of these vacancies.
And what does Robertson think about criminal acts committed in response to God's word. Here's what Gerrard Thomas Straub, a former producer of The 700 Club, had to say about Robertson's views:
"Let's say that a Christian thinks God is directing him or her to blow up an abortion clinic or kill a doctor who performs abortions, and this Christian does in fact commit such a crime. In a September of 1984 edition of The 700 Club, Robertson suggested that special church tribunals could be called upon to discern if a believer had in fact received an authentic word from God which compelled him to break a civil law. According to Robertson, if this church tribunal did determine the believer had in fact received an authentic message from God then, Robertson said, the church tribunal would have the civil authority to provide the believer with immunity from prosecution."
Horrifying isn't it. Robertson has issued what can be considered a veiled call for assassination, and thinks that the murderer should get away with it. After all, it would be in response to a prayer for a miracle.
Robertson is no stranger to questionable behaviour. He is reported to be worth well over $100 million, most of it from the sale of the Family Channel which somehow found its way into his personal assets instead of remaining part of his non-profit CBN. He openly supported China's one child policy in spite of his vocal opposition to abortion everywhere else in the world. Would it be churlish to suggest his media holdings in China had anything to do with this hypocrisy? And he is currently opposing the removal of the murderous war criminal Charles Taylor as President of Liberia. Could the mining licences he holds there have anything to do with his support of this evil creature?
In the unlikely event there is a benevolent, omniscient, omnipotent God, why is She permitting Robertson and his ilk to continue to preach hatred and evil in Her name?
Note (27 Jul 2005): It took two years, but finally Robertson got one of his three requested vacancies - though given it is an age-related retirement, it does not look like God or answered prayer has anything to do with it.