What’s not to love about Pat Robertson? Every six months or so, Pat says or does something that attracts their notice and puts the Christian broadcaster in the public eye. The problem is, Pat consistently says things that should embarrass Christians, reinforcing the public notion that Christians are extremists.
Take his most recent prediction: he says “a horrific terrorist act on the United States that will result in ‘mass killing’ late in 2007.” God told him, he says. Now, I’m not in a position to say whether God told him this or not. Maybe he did. But what bothers me most is that it’s the latest in a long line of foolishness.
This follows the Chavez incident, in which Robertson said assassinating Venezuela’s president would be cheaper than starting a war; the leg press incident, in which Robertson said he could leg press 2000 pounds (undoubtedly related to his high-protein shake sales), and the list will no doubt go on. He’s also stated that certain events (like Ariel Sharon’s stroke) were punishment from God.
“I have a relatively good track record,” [Robertson] said. “Sometimes I miss.” This falls in line with some modern approaches to the gift of prophecy. Unlike Old Testament prophets, from whom God demanded absolute accuracy under threat of execution, these New Testament “prophets” can “miss” occasionally. Good to know. Especially since no one of consequence will call Pat on his falsehood if it doesn’t come true.