August 26, 2005

Is Pat Robertson Losing it?

Pat Robertson of the 700 Club and former presidential candidate caused a stir when he advocated assassinating Hugo Chavez, President of Venezuela. His exact words were,
“You know, I don't know about this doctrine of assassination, but if he thinks we're trying to assassinate him, I think we really ought to go ahead and do it."

I’ve heard he has apologized but sometimes apologies are inadequate. Robertson is a national figure and whether anyone likes it or not, is viewed by many in the secular press as a representative of Bible believing Christians. So when Robertson says something, it is counted to be the position of everyone who wears the name of Jesus claiming fidelity to the inspired, infallible, inerrant, authoritative word of God.

Obviously that is not an appropriate position for the media to take yet appropriate or not, that is their position so when Robertson says something over the top, we are all branded with being of the same mindset. Can’t you hear the hisssss of the snake?

Robertson’s comments, even if you may personally agree with the sentiment he expressed, was definitely over the top. The United States has never advocated a policy of assassination and for good reason. Robertson’s comments bring embarrassment to Christians, disparage the integrity of our nation and cause more turmoil for a President who has his hands full of turmoil.

Robertson is a pretty astute individual and I am sure probably is surprised that his comments were so widely publicized. After all, he really is just a private citizen and host of a T.V. broadcast. It’s not like he has any official clout.

But none of that matters when the devil through his dupes in the press see an opportunity to yet again, paint a picture of Christians as being hateful, horrible people. Satan won another one with this latest gaff from a Christian leader.

Solomon wrote, “He who guards his mouth and his tongue, guards his soul from troubles.” (Proverbs 21:23)

I have certainly made my share of rash statements and the Biblical counsel is to be careful about what you say. How much more for those of us with a public forum?


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