A Thought Experiment
Okay just a little experiment:
Pat Robertson (still fresh from his advocating assasination of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez) just made this statement regarding Dover residents who voted several school board members out who supported the teaching of Intelligent Design in local science classes.
"I'd like to say to the good citizens of Dover. 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."
Here is the experiment: Just for a second think about the "pIcture of God" that Robertson is painting to the world with this.
- Small and weak, capable of being "voted out" of town
- Kinda petty and vengeful, willing to stand by and willing to abandon a city of people to disaster over a school board vote
- An absent God, not caring for people asking for his help
Later, after this quote was picked up by the press, he issued this "correction" that if you really read it, doesn't correct much:
"I was simply stating that our spiritual actions have consequences and it's high time we started recognizing it. God is tolerant and loving, but we can't keep sticking our finger in His eye forever. If they have future problems in Dover, I recommend they call on Charles Darwin…maybe he can help them."
Again with the "don't call on God," or "I recommend they call on Charles Darwin" lines... and note, the treat of God's curse is still in there: "if they have future problems in Dover..."
In Scripture Christians are called "God's Ambassadors" and are told that when we talk to the world it is "as though God were making his appeal through us."
That is a crazy heavy responsiblity, and I'm sure I fail at it in a lot of ways.
But I see the peevish, weak, bitter caricature of a god in statements and re-statements today from Pat Robertson, I realize what damage we can do when with that responsiblity.