An open letter to Pat Robertson

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Oh, you poor, pitiful man.

You have spent your life, purportedly, in the service of Jesus.  And have completely missed the point of who he was.

I, too, am a Christian minister, but am often reluctant to say so.  Because of people like you.  Because I am afraid that, if I call myself a Christian minister, people will think that I think as you do.

The faith of Jesus is not to be used as a bludgeon, or a line in the sand, or a barrier to exclude anyone.  Ever.

The faith of Jesus is faith in a loving God, the God who cares about all of us, the God who creates, and cares for, and loves all of us.  Always.  In our great, wondrous, exhilarating moments, as well as when we are mired in the depths of despair or in tragedy that threatens to overwhelm our lives, our spirits, our souls.  The God who is at this very moment present with every single one of us, in Haiti, in France, in Iraq and Afghanistan, in Guantanamo and Gaza and Israel, and even in the United States—God’s precious children all.  Present with every one who suffers as a result of natural disaster, the horrors we inflict upon each other, or our own stupid, short-sighted, mean-spirited decisions.

And so, Mr. Robertson, I know God is present, too, with you, and loves you.  Loves you even in this moment when your fear has outweighed your faith, and you have lashed out in the weakness of fear and hate instead of reaching out in God’s compassionate strength.

This is the God to whom Jesus points.

This is the God whom Jesus enfleshed.

This is the God with whom I love to align my life, alongside whom I strive to serve.

May he, the God of Jesus whom we call Christ, bless even you, Mr. Robertson.

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