I was saddened when I first read news about the massive earthquake in Haiti, and got really upset when I read this story on CNN:
(CNN) — Pat Robertson, the evangelical Christian who once suggested God was punishing Americans with Hurricane Katrina, says a “pact to the devil” brought on the devastating earthquake in Haiti.
Officials fear more than 100,000 people have died as a result of Tuesday’s 7.0-magnitude earthquake in Haiti.
Robertson, the host of the “700 Club,” blamed the tragedy on something that “happened a long time ago in Haiti, and people might not want to talk about it.”
The Haitians “were under the heel of the French. You know, Napoleon III and whatever,” Robertson said on his broadcast Wednesday. “And they got together and swore a pact to the devil. They said, ‘We will serve you if you will get us free from the French.’ True story. And so, the devil said, ‘OK, it’s a deal.’ “
It is common knowledge to Bible believers that in the end times, there will be an increase in natural calamities and sufferings (read John MacArthur on this topic) among many other indicators. This Haitian earthquake may or may not be one of the indicators of the end times.
But what Robertson done is not just uncalled for, it’s not what God would have us do. If people are suffering, we do not say “See, look what you’ve brought upon yourself.” In the first place, how would Robertson know that this is the cause of a devil’s deal in the past? Was the devil’s deal even true to begin with? Has this man ever stepped into Haiti? Will he go there now to experience the pain of earthquake victims for himself?
Dear Pat Robertson, perhaps you might want to read the Good Book again. Instead of mocking people’s sufferings, we believers are asked by the Bible to do good where we can:
Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers. – Galatians 6:10
While the entire world has mobilized its resources to provide relief to a suffering people, this preacher in his comfortable 1st World enclave goes railing about how this is retribution.
Where is the compassion, the sensitivity, and the brotherly love?
This is not Christian. This is not even human.