Jewish leaders and critics of the religious right have criticized religious broadcaster Pat Robertson for his Jan. 5 remarks suggesting that Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's recent stroke had something to do with God's ill-will for Sharon's deal with the Palestinians to pull out of Gaza. What do you think of such remarks, and as people of faith, has this been a topic of discussion within your congregations? If so, how do you deal with it?
The remark by Pat Robertson shows how ignorant he is about the faith he thinks he knows. First of all, he is wrong to suggest that when bad things happen to people, God must be angry! Jesus himself said that God sends his sun and rain on both the good and the evil; he made that comment after some of his disciples asked him who sinned when a construction project took a tumble and there were injuries.