Yes I’m a pastor. Yes I have committed my life to following Jesus Christ. That being said, there are some days where I have a hard time calling myself a Christian. Today is one of those days.
This angst mainly comes from the fact that there are many people who call themselves “Christian” but who look nothing like Jesus. Or at least the Jesus that I know.
The reason for my disillusionment (this time) has to do with recent comments by Pat Robertson. Once again he has equated a natural disaster with God’s wrath. More specifically he basically said that the people of Haiti experienced this because they made a pact with the Devil to overthrow French imperial occupation of their country and have been cursed ever since. There are so many problems with this line of thinking that it’s hard to figure out where to begin. Never mind the fact that Pat just endorsed the French occupation system (and possibly all imperialism) as God ordained. Never mind the fact that he ignored any social or political issues that might have played into their current state of poverty. Never mind the fact that there might actually be a substantial Christian population in Haiti that also suffered along with everyone else. At the most basic theological level, to say anything other than “when God’s creation suffers, God suffers too” is flat out arrogant and un-Christian.
It’s this kind of stuff that (sometimes) makes me want to not be a pastor, or even a Christian.
Here’s the video.