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Thursday, January 14, 2010

"Something happened a long time ago in Haiti, and people might not want to talk about it," Robertson said on his Christian Broadcasting Network show. "They were under the heel of the French . . . and they got together and swore a pact to the devil. They said, 'We will serve you if you'll get us free from the French.'

"True story. And the devil said, 'OK, it's a deal,' " Robertson said. "Ever since, they have been cursed by one thing after another."

God is punishing modern Haiti for something done by slaves in 1791. Well...Robertson did not exactly blame God. Exactly. But there will be abundant mouthpieces come Sunday more than happy to make the Almighty complicit in this horror. Haiti has voodoo. Haiti has corruption. Haiti has CATHOLICISM!!! Every independent church crank pulpiteer will point the Bony Finger and proclaim "God's Judgment - HUH!".

Jesus made a cogent point to his disciples:

Luk 13:1 And some were present at the same time reporting to Him of the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mixed with their sacrifices.
Luk 13:2 And answering, Jesus said to them, Do you suppose that these Galileans were sinners above all the Galileans because they suffered such things?
Luk 13:3 I tell you, No. But unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.
Luk 13:4 Or those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them, do you think that they were sinners above all men who lived in Jerusalem?
Luk 13:5 I tell you, No. But unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.

Stuff happens. Sometimes, REALLY BAD stuff happens. We live in a fallen, bent world, a world that does not require God to take his finger and *FLICK* the tower at Siloam over, nor huff and puff and blow New Orleans down. However, we should view this tragic event as an opportunity to pray, and to give. Here's an opportunity: http://www.foodforthepoor.org/

Please consider giving. ANY amount is better than none. Food For The Poor is VERY efficient: 4% of donation dollars goes to running the operation. 96% goes to helping the hungry. Not bad at all.


MacLaren said...

The only problem with FFTP is that they're soft on the Gospel.

As relief goes? They're top-notch.

The Aardvark said...

At this juncture, I'd rather go with good food relief than summat like Operation Blessing, spreading false doctrine like so much heretical peanut-butter.

Thanks for the heads-up.

MacLaren said...


MacLaren said...

Oh. Sorry. Wrong thread.

I actually didn't see anything wrong with what Pat said. Though that might make me evil.

The Aardvark said...

It's a reflection of the superstition so rife in Christendom today. "We'll sell our souls to the devil." Big deal...if you are outside of Christ, Satan's got you anyway. Also, the Scripture makes it plain that God will not punish you for your dad's sins.

Mrs. Pilgrim said...

Well, Mr. Robertson long since forfeited any credibility as a man of God; he's documented as a false prophet. Why people put so much weight on what he says, I don't know.

MacLaren said...

What about Canaan? Seems like that's obviously still in effect.

The Aardvark said...

Canaan is a fascinating study of the cup of God's wrath being full. God gave the Canaanites 400+ years to repent (the time Israel was in Egypt). Rather than listening, the Canaanites continued in their gross idolatry, up to the generation alive at the time of Joshua leading the now-freed Israelites over the Jordan. Tat generation's sins were judged, because their time had come. The Canaanites are pretty well gone now. Israel is back "in Canaan-land" geographically, and are doing OK. If Palestinians are at all related to Canaan, well (1) it's because Israel didn't do its job way back when, and (2) they are led by a sorry mongrel lot of terroristic leaders, intent on tit-for-tat revenge for perceived injustices. As we are in a new economy, now, the New Covenant, God doesn't put the kibosh on nations as he used to. He speaks to us in these last days in Jesus Christ, and judges us by His Word. The come-uppance is after the trumpet blows.

OTOH, maybe I am missing some nuance in your pithy comment, Vidad.

MacLaren said...

Africa, if it is indeed mostly comprised of Ham's descendants, has continued to be in slavery to many other nations for just about all of recorded history. It's either a bizarre coincidence or an endless curse.

"And Noah awoke from his wine, and knew what his younger son had done unto him.
And he said, "Cursed be Canaan! A servant of servants shall he be unto his brethren."
And he said, "Blessed be the LORD God of Shem; and Canaan shall be his servant.
God shall enlarge Japheth, and he shall dwell in the tents of Shem; and Canaan shall be his servant.”

The Aardvark said...

I am not convinced that the Canaan curse was an everlasting thing. Textually it seems to have been aimed at Canaan's generation alone. Also, historically it appears that it was merely a convenient proof text to justify the slave trade.