Thursday, January 05, 2006

Pat Robertson: Sharon's Stroke Punishment for His Policies?

Maybe I'll get crazier and crazier as the years go by, and say whacky stuff that turns me into a joke. (Okay, okay... maybe to some I'm there already!) But Pat Robertson's latest in his own string of crazy statements -- and I do mean looney tunes, people -- must be logged, if nothing else.

Turns out that today he told his viewers, of whom there are too many if more than two, that Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's stroke is because he's now an enemy of God. Well, Robertson tried to be more circumspect than that. Here's the entirety of it (thanks to Media Matters):

ROBERTSON: I have said last year that Israel was entering into the most dangerous period of its entire existence as a nation. That is intensifying this year with the loss of Sharon. Sharon was personally a very likeable person. I am sad to see him in this condition. But I think we need to look at the Bible and the Book of Joel. The prophet Joel makes it very clear that God has enmity against those who, quote, "divide my land." God considers this land to be his. You read the Bible, he says, "This is my land." And for any prime minister of Israel who decides he going carve it up and give it away, God says, "No. This is mine." And the same thing -- I had a wonderful meeting with Yitzhak Rabin in 1974. He was tragically assassinated, and it was terrible thing that happened, but nevertheless, he was dead. And now Ariel Sharon, who was again a very likeable person, a delightful person to be with. I prayed with him personally. But here he is at the point of death. He was dividing God's land, and I would say woe unto any prime minister of Israel who takes a similar course to appease the EU, the United Nations or United States of America. God said, "This land belongs to me, you better leave it alone."
Sigh... makes me warm and tingly all over.


Taarna said...

I read about that in my local paper yesterday. Man, Pat Robertson just doesn't know when he ought to keep his mouth shut. That man's cheese slid off his cracker a long time ago.
Maybe I should be more Christ-like and pray for him. I know I should because he's obviously a nutbar. Honestly, though, at this particular moment, I'd rather make fun of him. He left the door wide open for that. Pretty fleshly, ain't I?

chris said...

Well I think he's right. It is God's land and Pat should leave it alone. Following his logic the British should have been cursed for Partition, Israel was cursed for taking only part of the land in 1967, the Church is cursed for taking only part during the crusades, etc., etc. Oh yeah, and Abraham's descendents are all cursed for not taking all the land as far as he could see according to the Promise. Curses for all I say. Wasn't Jesus cursed for dying on the cross? Didn't he take the curse for everybody?

chris said...

Here's Joel 3:2, the verse in question:
"I will gather all nations and bring them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat. There I will enter into judgment against them concerning my inheritance, my people Israel, for they scattered my people among the nations and divided up my land."

God will judge the nations in the Valley of Jehoshaphat for scattering his people and dividing his land.
Pat's hermenuetic is odd if he thinks about it. Sharon is the leader of God's regathered people. a)They are no longer scattered but regathered right Pat? b)The land was divided when the people were scattered and then sort of united but now divided again?
So what about the other nations who support the Peace Roadmap Pat? Is Bush cursed too?

thegator said...

Jon, this outta open up a can of worms on your site. Some of us Christians believe that:
1. We are God's people (the church), Abraham's offspring according to Gal 3:29.
2. the whole earth is the Lord's, not just part of it. Moreover, the new heaven and new earth is ultimately what God's people long for, not what's on this old earth, or even a thin strip of land in the middle east.
3. As Chris said, Jesus took the curse - this includes all sin, not just part of it. Sharon's destiny, therefore, is based to his relationship with Christ, not any piece of land.
4. And yes, let's pray for Robertson and for ourselves to truly understand what grace is all about.

Jim S.

Anonymous said...

Apart from anything else, there is a fair sized Palestinian Christian community in the Bethlehem area, so I wonder what Mr Robertson is suggesting should happen to them.


Jon Trott said...

Yes, the Palestinians -- Christian and Muslim and ??? -- are simply not treated as persons by Robertson and his fellow Uber-Zionists. The parallels to what we did to Native Americans (using the religio-speak of so-called "manifest destiny" to excuse such treatment) is startling. Or maybe not... maybe it is just predictable, considering the predictably horrible repetitions of human history. But it is offensive -- highly offensive -- to see Jesus used as an excuse for Zionism. Or for daisycutters. Or for other forms of violence claiming to free some while killing many others, often children and women... Sigh.