This Week in Church: Pat Robertson knows who the next president is going to be; doesn’t want to spoil the surprise. (Hint: His name starts with Barack and ends in Obama.)
Let me start out by saying this is an opinion piece. Got it? Ok.
I think I’m going to devout Sundays on this blog to any religion-related story and this week we have the last prophet/messiah, Pat Robertson, telling us about a dream he had where God came down and told him who the next president is going to be. If you’re worried about spoilers, don’t fret. God told him he can’t tell us. Sounds legit!
Look, I have no real problem with religion, believers, or faith. I’m not a militant atheist like Hitchens, Maher, or Dawkins who believe our world can’t progress with religion and our goal should be to demean religion in all regards to get people to wake up. I’m not like that. Sure, I think it’s ludicrous but I’m not going to go out of my way to always belittle and disregard religious people.
Having said that though… This is one of the times where I feel like I need to speak up.
Here’s Pat Robertson, the 100-year old host of the show the 700 Club, who is going on and on about to his senile audience about a dream he had where God spoke to him, and him directly, about who the next president is going to be and about how our current president has a vision for the country that will lead us to economic collapse:
Your country will be torn apart by internal stress. A house divided cannot stand. Your president holds a radical view of the direction of your country which is at odds with the majority. Expect chaos and paralysis. Your president holds a view which is at the odds with the majority — it’s a radical view of the future of this country, and so that’s why we’re having this division. This is a spiritual battle which can only be won by overwhelming prayer. The future of the world is at stake because if America falls, there’s no longer a strong champion of freedom and a champion of the oppressed of the world. There must be an urgent call to prayer.
You know what makes me mad about all this? It’s not the fact that he said it but rather the fact he has an audience of similarly-brain washed evangelicals who will believe it. It’s an irrational and purposeful division of our country based on one man’s beliefs.
It’s the fear mongering, the purposeful addition of fuel to an existing fire, that makes me mad. Beyond mad. It’s the rage and anger I feel when I read about an other idiotic thing a Republican has said during the debates. It’s not the statement itself but the fact that people actually believe them and then react in a negative, regressive way.
What this country needs is the opposite of a senile, old man ranting and raving his schizophrenic thoughts. We need a convergence of both sides.
We need to be able to put aside beliefs and work together towards a unionized America where the discussion revolves around how we can truly balance the power of government where it ensures equality yet promotes business. Where everyone has an equal chance to one day be able to bake his own pie rather than the popular belief that America is filled with nothing more than lazy, good-for-nothing, Socialists who want someone else’s pie.
And yet, no, instead we have this. We have people like Pat Robertson, Bill O’ Riley, Sean Hannity, and Rush Limbaugh. We have people that enjoy causing division rather than unity, that enjoy having my side, his side politics.
Imagine if you had a time machine and went into the distant future and saw that America split into two different groups and were engaged in a civil war. Would you be surprised?
Hope you guys have a good week! I’m starting school this week. Hope you guys have a good one. Take care!