It seems more than a little sad to me that comments made by Pat Robertson about the situation in Haiti has almost overshadowed the situation itself. People have been quick to criticize him (which is justified) and Christianity as a whole (which is not). There is no doubt that the Haitian people need help. Telling them they deserve what they’ve gotten because they made a pact with the Devil is not help.
I have a perspective on Haiti that some people lack. My grandfather was a missionary there for much of his life. He loved Haiti and loved its people. But he was quick to say there was much more to that county than people realize, a fact he learned firsthand when he went missing for three days there in the 1980s.
To hear that story, hop on over to katdish’s blog. Yes, Pat Robertson’s words weren’t the very best that could have been said. But that doesn’t necessarily mean he was completely wrong.