Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Pat Robertson Should Just Shut Up

Maybe that's all I need to say, but of course I won't stop there...

Being a pastor, I am about as sick as I can be of Pat Robertson and Jerry Falwell and people like Jimmy Swaggart and Jim Bakker being held up as spokesmen for and examples of Christian clergy. They should not represent themselves as leaders of all Christianity (which they are not), nor should the media be so quick to connect the vote of all "white evangelicals" with these jokers.

I am the pastor of an independent Baptist church--that means we are beholden to nobody but God, and nothing speaks for our church but the Bible. Pat Robertson has apparently failed to adopt the adult habit of thinking--and then pausing to consider the effect of his words--before speaking. He regularly comes out with some off the cuff comment that sends the media into a tizzy over supposed extremism by Christians. Then he backs off, apologizes, claims he was misquoted or taken out of context, and once again looks like the horse's ass he is...but that has nothing to do with me or with 99% of Christians in this country.

So Pat--shut your pie hole.

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