pat_robertson_devil_sign When the earthquake destroyed much of Haiti earlier this year Pat Robertson made another of his characteristic public statements about good and evil. Martin Luther and C. S. Lewis, to name only a few thoughtful Christians of their ilk, noted that one of the best methods for dealing with the devil was to taunt him. They urged us to literally laugh at him. Well, I think there is an appropriate time to laugh at the silliness of some public pronouncements made by well-intentioned but unwise Christians like Pat Robertson. Honestly, if I didn’t laugh at such nonsense I would cry or get very angry. So try this “Letters to the Editor” response for a laugh.

Minneapolis St. Paul Star Tribune Letters to the Editor January 14, 2010:

Dear Pat Robertson,

I know that you know that all press is good press, so I appreciate the shout-out. And you make God look like a big mean bully who kicks people when they are down, so I'm all over that action. But when you say that Haiti has made a pact with me, it is totally humiliating. I may be evil incarnate, but I'm no welcher. The way you put it, making a deal with me leaves folks desperate and impoverished. Sure, in the afterlife, but when I strike bargains with people, they first get something here on earth—glamour, beauty, talent, wealth, fame, glory, a golden fiddle. Those Haitians have nothing, and I mean nothing. And that was before the earthquake. Haven't you seen "Crossroads"? Or what about "Damn Yankees"? If I had a thing going with Haiti, there'd be lots of banks, skyscrapers, SUVs, exclusive night clubs, Botox—that kind of thing. An 80 percent poverty rate is so not my style. Nothing against it—I'm just saying: Not how I roll. You're doing great work, Pat, and I don't want to clip your wings—just, come on, you're making me look bad. And not the good kind of bad. Keep blaming God. That's working. But leave me out of it, please. Or we may need to renegotiate your own contract.

Best, Satan

Lily Coyle, Minneapolis

Well, thank you Lily Coyle. You helped me think about how to better respond to the foolish pronouncements of men like Pat Robertson. (Sadly, there are a whole lot more than Pat who engage in this nonsense but he happens to do this way too often!) A little laughter, in this instance, does seem quite appropriate.

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  1. N Mackison July 1, 2010 at 4:20 am

    John, this is fantastic. Great post. Thanks for sharing it. Robertson is one of the reasons I hesitate to designate myself as an ‘evangelical’ to those outside the faith. I don’t want to true biblical faith to be indentified with his ilk.
    I was interested in the idea of laughing at the devil. Although the thought of actually doing it scares me! Should the word in Jude vs 8,9 give us pause in this regard, or do you think that’s stretching the scope of this passage?
    God bless!

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