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Rejected Theology

Saturday, Nov. 12, 2005 10:27 PM

Televangelist Pat Robertson has this to say to the folks in Dover, Pennsylvania:

"If there is a disaster in your area, don't turn to God -- you just rejected Him from your city. And don't wonder why He hasn't helped you when problems begin, if they begin. I'm not saying they will, but if they do, just remember, you just voted God out of your city. And if that's the case, don't ask for His help because he might not be there."

When did Christianity turn into the spiritual equivalent of Costco? Sorry, only members can shop here. Yes, we have forgiveness and mercy and all sorts of good things, but if you're not a member, you can't have it.

It's time for Christians to reject this doctrine of exclusion and fear-based preaching. God's Plan didn't call for Jesus getting nailed to the cross just to redeem a handful of people, or only those who believed in Him. He said, "Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do."

Not forgive some of them.

Perhaps the good reverend should mind his own advice. If things like 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina are God's punishment for a smorgasboard of evils, well, don't bother calling, Pat, because God just might not answer the phone.

What kind of Christian message is, "Screw 'em, they deserve it for dissing God?" Isn't that what Robertson is saying? Do any Christians out there have a problem with this kind of attitude?

Are we to believe that, if a major disaster occurred in Dover, Pennsylvania, that Robertson's flock would withhold their charity because of a perceived rejection of God?

It's not enough to laugh and shrug this off as another amusing moment from The 700 Club. It's time for Christians - no matter their denomination - to testify to God's true capacity for forgiveness, that God's Grace is not dependent on some kind of spiritual litmus test.

Please note that I am not asking for Pat Robertson to be censored or otherwise taken off the airwaves. He has every right to be there.

When other voices proclaim the truth of God's Love, then the small, fearful, voices of people like Pat Robertson lose their hold on our collective souls.

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