I have scrolled through your bio on Wikipedia and I am too young to remember the bulk of your personal achievements- your accomplishments are many and impressive. A presidential bid, the founding of several respected Christian organizations, your funding of
higher education, The 700 Club. (I have never actually seen this show myself but I have it on good authority it does indeed exist.) What I do know about you, without the advantage of the internet, is what most Americans know because the media makes sure to report every juicy inflammatory statement you make. We are all privy to the outrageous statements about judgment on America through natural disasters and your unfulfilled prophesies. And how you have singled out several groups of people for special judgment. And you claim to be a Christian.
You have obviously done many great things for our Lord (loved the idea of a “flying hospital”), but we Christians need more from you now. We have a holy calling, one of simultaneously speaking truth while personifying mercy and love. We are to be wise as serpents and gentle as doves. We need to hold out the word of life amidst a crooked and perverse generation in one hand, while engaging that same generation with the other hand. Unfortunately, Mr. Robertson, there are very few big name Christians who are modeling how to live this life of grace and truth.
You are a strong example of unashamed following; please do continue to preach the gospel of Christ and the power of salvation. I am not asking you to pull a Rob Bell-style doctrinal capitulation for the sake of tickling the ears of our culture. I am, however, asking that your methodology bend in order to “win the more.” How have you become “a Jew to the Jew” and a “Greek to the Greek” recently? If you are going to say that you would like to have a “vomit” button on Facebook in the event a gay couple’s picture comes across your news feed, can you also share with us a time when you have made a great sacrifice for someone in your life who is gay? Perhaps a humble recognition that there are behaviors and ideas that we all have, yourself included, that would make God want to vomit? Better yet, the recognition that if our words are to be “seasoned with salt,” using descriptors such as “vomit” will make it much harder to be successful fishers of men.
Instead of callously writing off homosexual tendencies as some kind of “chromosomal damage” and helping to make a mockery of Christians striving to be a royal priesthood to our same-sex attracted brothers and sisters, could you instead be an example for a church in desperate need of a non-simplistic and biblically consistent explanation of sexuality and sexual brokenness? Could you do so with humility? Because truly, Mr. Robertson, there is a shortage of church leaders who are holding fast to biblical teaching AND showing us how to be relevant to a skeptical world. Maybe you could give Chick-fil-A’s Dan Cathy a call? I’m sure he would be happy to give you some pointers.
I know that you have hours of air time to fill on your show and, likely, most of what you say is great. But because you are just about as “big name” as it gets in Christianity, please “watch your life and your doctrine (and your mouth) closely.” The church has enough to apologize for, and trying to explain to my unbelieving friends an outpouring of hurtful and out-of-touch statements by a Christian icon is not how I want to spend my time.
So what do you say Mr. Robertson? Could you help a Bigot out?