This is a little late, I know, but every once in a while I hear comments about Pat Robertson’s opinion on the earth quake in Haiti and I think it’s appropriate to echo some of the wise and discerning reactions to his comments that I’ve been hearing.
Robertson says regarding Haiti, quote, “[The people of Haiti] got together and swore a pact to the devil. They said ‘we will serve you if you get us free from the French.’ True story.”
Robertson’s reasoning is that because of this pact with the devil, God has punished Haiti with the earthquake last week.
What is the most delicate way I can put this?
Robertson’s comments were foolish. There is no reliable, historical evidence whatsoever that this pact took place and the monuments in Haiti that are claimed to commemorate this pact have never been found (even prior to this earthquake).
So, he’s wrong about that and should apologize for his remarks.
Secondly, his remarks also imply that he knows exactly what God’s intentions were in causing (or allowing, depending on your theology) this earthquake to happen. This is highly presumptuous and not the attitude Christ wants us to have in the face of such crises. It’s not even the question he wants us to ask. For instance, Jesus was once asked about two separate national tragedies and why he thought they happened. His response is alarming because he does not explain the secret purposes of God behind such events. Take a look at the story in Luke 13,
“1 There were some present at that very time who told him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. 2 And he answered them, “Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans, because they suffered in this way? 3 No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish. 4 Or those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them: do you think that they were worse offenders than all the others who lived in Jerusalem? 5 No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.”
So, along with our efforts to show the people of Haiti the compassion and mercy of Christ we must also be humbled and consider Jesus’ words. The people of Haiti are no more sinners than we are. We should not be asking why this earthquake hit Haiti. We should be asking why it didn’t hit us.
“33 Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways!
34 “For who has known the mind of the Lord,
or who has been his counselor?”
35 “Or who has given a gift to him
that he might be repaid?”
36 For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen.“