Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Robertson Calls for Leader's Assasination

By the U.S.



While this is something that you might imagine the CIA doing behind closed doors, it is not something you expect from a follower of Jesus Christ--hardly an endorsement of the Sermon on the Mount.



Yet I know that we all have a hard time reconciling our faith with our politics. Some exclude "life" issues from their vote, others exclude "war" issues from theirs.



The Gospel of Jesus calls us to be different from the world and most of us while at first glimpsing the truth and power of Jesus' call in the end sort of forget that and end up being no different than the agnostic living next door to us.



We get Christian leaders who mimic us. It is easy to jump on Pat Robertson, but "let he who is without sin cast the first stone," meaning in this case "have you and I embraced the radical nature of the Gospel yet?"



Story on the UK Guardian

10 comments:

  1. Yes, it's easy to jump on Pat Robertson. What's scary, though, is how many do not "jump on" him, but enthusiastically embrace what he suggests.

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  2. Two wrongs do not make a right. As much as I'd like to see Chavez be removed from power, the way to do it is to pray for that to happen. The power of Fatima has crushed communism a great deal, but the work's not over.

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  3. I agree, Joel. Prayer, not violence, is the way to bring peace.

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  4. His entire line of thinking is frightening. Especially in light of the theology put forth by John Paul the great on confronting evil, and he knew a thing or two about staring down pure evil.

    Prayer and love, not guns and violence, it might not be quick but it will be lasting.

    Maggie

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  5. Look kiddos, specially you Joel, evil cannot be taken out just by being nice, Noriega was there for 21 years, Castro has being there for about 50 years, and many others dictators, so you cannot be nice when evil abounds, if you would ever live in a Latin American dictatorship you would totally agree with Pastor Robertson (in Latin America he has a very big following, in "El Club 700" and more than that evil man kissing the Sandinistas hand and letting the Noriega people do what they wanted, Jimmy Carter, and he is also the cause of all the evil befalling us from the Middle East, read Margaret Truman's book chapter on him, about he did not care about anything). But going back evil is evil and evil is bad in Latin America, look at Trujillo, and how bad he was for everyone and none of the churches did anything against him and then this good man comes along and stands against evil, and you guys talk about prayer, read Jeremiah and all the bad things that will happen to God's chosen people, please stop you all babies being so pious and read the scriptures, yes I am Catholic and do read the scripture and do go to my Latin mass.

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  6. Not to God's chosen people, but the enemies of the chosen people and it is with killings and vengeance, come on polish up on your scriptures, Vatican 2 says that the word has to be heard all the time to be Christ like and Jesus the Christ had his bad temper flourishes and he was always on fund raisers with the rich and also helping the poor. so polish up on your scriptures before you go on your platitudes of Fatima and prayer.

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  7. I have no problem with turning to military force when the need is justified. But Chavez apparently was legitimately elected into office and supported by a majority of the people in that country, especially among the poor. So it would be unseemly for us to go in and take him out -- making us hypocrites considering our anti-terrorism stance. For now it's best just to get tough with him without resorting to violence -- and, of course, pray for God's intervention. The Russians had some spectacular disasters and other incidents, with many of them strangely happening on the 13th day of the month which is when the Fatima children saw the apparitions, that should make anyone think maybe there is something to praying the Rosary for peace in the world.

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  8. Joel, my boy, looks like you are not tuned to the Latin America reality, like in the book "The Open Veins of America" stuff happens and you cannot believe everything the old media press wants you to believe, look at Nicaragua, look at Iran, look at Panama, look at 9/11, all caused directly or indirectly by Jimmy Carter and the old media never spoke bad about him, so go and get your info somewhere else, 'cause Chavez stole the elections, wrote a law to help him steal millions from the Central Bank and yes Noriega gave him asylum, what is that for credentials besides playing footsie with Fidel Castro, why don't you go to Miami, the nearest thing you'll get to Latin America here in the US and get informed.

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  9. I've said I wouldn't mind seeing Chavez removed from power but Robertson's suggestion is not the solution. We'd just end up being a pariah in the eyes of the world if we did that. Carter confirmed the election of Chavez as legitimate during his oversight role there (although Chavez's folks well could've still manipulated things), plus the White House and others are denouncing Robertson's remarks. There's a reason Jesus didn't call on his legion of angels to come down and smite his enemies. By the way, here's an interesting take on Robertson at this link: http://www.spiritdaily.com/robertson.htm

    In the meantime, do as the Blessed Mother exhorted us: Pray, pray, pray. I watched an EWTN program by Fr. Benedict Groeschel last night. He spoke on his convictions about the power of Fatima to convert Russia. He went there and saw firsthand the conversion of the nation, saying it seems to be much more reverent than we are.

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  10. the previous post was posted by me. I forgot to add the username.

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