I’m trying to write this with humility because, really, what do I know. Pat Robertson made some comments on his CBN 700 Club program in regards to the devastating earthquake bringing utter chaos, destruction, and misery to the people of Haiti. You can read all about what he said, and even watch the video, since the media has perked up about it … maybe that is too soft a word … it might be better to say they are crucifying him. Just google “pat robertson haiti comments” and you’ll get an earful.
Pat Robertson made reference to ancient Haitian legend concerning the people’s pact with the devil, if only they could be free from the French. Now, according to Robertson, there is some connection with this pact and persistent suffering in the country.
At the same time I was contemplating the absurdity of this connection and the audacity of making these public comments I have been reflecting on Jesus’ words in Luke 6, in the sermon on the plain. They are difficult words, hard to understand, more difficult to live. “Love your enemies … do to others as you would have them do to you … if you love those who love you, what credit is that to you … if you lend to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you … be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.”
I don’t doubt for a moment that Pat Robertson has love for the Haitian people, and in fact his organization has already mobilized massive resources to send to the suffering people. But it is common for Christians to create an “us” versus “them” division by our words and attitudes. How do we live out God’s mission in the world? Jesus seems to be talking about and then acting out an extravagant and risky, mercy, love, and grace. This is no time to be even hinting at cause, blame, or religious divide. Instead we must join forces with those able to get real relief on the ground in Haiti, including CBN’s own efforts.
I love what Covenant World Relief has been doing in the name of Christ and commend their efforts to you. You can trust their integrity and results. Jesus extended crazy grace to the most unexpected people with no strings attached other than that they would let him serve them. I’m trying to do that in helpful ways today.