This week, Pat Robertson said that the disaster in Haiti was caused by a supposed deal with the devil they made to drive the French out. He essentially said that they had it coming. I don't understand how someone claiming to be Christian can be so angry, vengeful and completely without an understanding of God's grace and love. Donald Miller provided an excellent response to Robertson's comment. I really encourage you to read it.
I'm really struggling to curb my own anger at Robertson, because I know that I have just as much brokenness as he does. But I am angry. I'm angry that he basically said that the people of Haiti deserve this. I'm angry that now, because of him, people who don't know Christ will think of all Christians a vengeful and angry and think of God that way. But while I'm angry with Robertson, he makes me sad. My heart breaks with his lack of understanding.
I don't know why things like this happen. I don't know why incredible disaster and devastation happen in this world, other than as a result of original sin. Maybe that's the only explanation there is. My mom posted a facebook status this week that reads: "To Pat Robertson...I believe that on that day you WILL answer for your years of false teaching. To my friends on Facebook who may not yet know Christ, please don't take the charlatan Robertson as representative of Christianity." If you're reading this and aren't a Christian, know this: God is not vengeful and hateful and angry and doesn't seek to punish us by sending devastating earthquakes and other natural disasters.God has a furious, unending love that seeks to bring us to Him, no matter the cost. He left heaven and came down to earth to bring us to Him. He suffered and died to atone for our sins and bring us to him. He loves us more than our limited human understanding can fathom, Pat Robertson included.