Thursday, January 14, 2010

Pat Robertson – Haiti, Let’s Make A Deal

Comments: Is there any truth to this "devil pact" in Haiti's history? The link below provides some context. Proof will not be soon coming.

Most Haitians are Roman Catholic, while a growing number claim to be Protestant (estimates range from 20 to 30 percent). But surveys have found the vast majority of Haitians – regardless of religious affiliation – hold at least some Voodoo beliefs.

It is often said that during this ceremony, Haiti’s soon-to-be leaders made a pact with Satan, dedicating the land to him in exchange for victory.

This story is taken as fact by many Christians, both Haitian and non-Haitian, and is often given in response to the question, “Why is Haiti so poor?” Because this is a profound statement with serious consequences for Haitians in terms of how they are perceived by others and how their nation is understood, it is worth examining. Religion In Haiti « Northwest Haiti Christian Mission

What makes this “controversy” interesting? Chances are great that Pat Robertson’s organizations do more to assist Haiti than all of his mouth foaming critics combined. Perhaps the Obama’s can shift a portion of their annual charitable giving to Haiti. Of course zero is hard to divide. However B.O. can now donate YOUR money so all is good. Utopians are always more concerned with words than deeds so this offers them a wonderful opportunity to grasp for the high verbal ground.

Pat Robertson believes (I assume) in spiritual or extra dimensional forces affecting our dimension. Such belief is foreign and uncomfortable to many of us. A spiritual world view will always conflict with a material only mind set. This does not make Pat Robertson’s statements accurate but it does make them understandable. National cursing (whatever that involves) is not only an Old Testament concept. A short trip through the Book of Revelation puts that to rest.

Robertson concluded with, they are suffering and need our help. Probably this part will be excluded from most high ground discussions. And it is an important position. After all, what power do we have over national cursing. Some Christians believe prayer works. Others quote

2 Chronicles 7:14 (New King James Version)

14 if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.

But this would be an unpopular position and would draw the Pat Robertson critics out of the woodwork. It is just too condemning.

Now, did Robertson go into great detail about God's curse on Haiti? Nope. He simply used the phrase "they have been cursed by one thing or another." Nor did he say this was God's wrath. Can some spiritual reason cause Haiti's miserable existence over time? I personally believe it is possible. Is this earth quake a result? Who knows? But how much of the devastation is due to shabby building procedures and impoverished infrastructure? And how much of this can be traced back to something more sinister?

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