God talks to Pat Robertson and other Evangelical Christians
And when God does talk to them, why doesn’t she tell them to can the crap and behave like followers of Christ?
Now Pat Robertson says he and God had a nice chat the other day and God told him who the next president will be, but he’s not revealing that yet. If you watch the whole clip, you’ll hear Pat say that God even references Pat’s Christian Broadcasting Network. I find that a little hard to believe, but if that’s where Pat wants to go, OK for him.
God used to talk to George W. Bush all the time. I think God might have been speaking through Dick Cheney or Donald Rumsfeld and that’s why we started two wars against Muslim countries, one of which also happened to have oil.
God talks to Michelle Bachmann. In fact, it weas God who told her to run for president. I wonder if it was God who told her to pack it in when she came in sixth in Iowa.
Apparently, God also talks to the Ricks too (Perry and Santorum), telling them gays are bad and so is compassion for people who don’t have as much as you do. Hence Santorum’s idea that people who are poor and can’t get health care must have made bad choices in their lives, and that it’s OK to break up families if the heads of the households are gay because gay people don’t matter anyway, so their children can’t matter either.
It seems God wants us to protect the rich and discriminate against the poor, against women and against anyone who doesn’t subscribe to Evangelical Christian beliefs. Forget about compassion; everyone who’s poor is that way because they’re not good people because God blesses good people with lots of cash and power.
Now, I’m a Christian. I follow the teachings of Christ and I take it seriously when he says we should help the poor, the sick, the hungry, the people in prison. The first time I heard the words, “Whatever you do to the least of these, you do also to me,” it changed my life. I couldn’t have been more than 5 or 6, but I took those words to heart.
I am called to love everyone — even the Ricks and Pat Robertson. That’s not easy when they spew hatred for anyone who’s poor or gay or liberal, but then, Jesus never said it would be easy; he just said to do it.
So, does God talk to me? Not literally. I feel led by my faith to do the work I do. I feel led to love the homeless and to spend time with people society wants nothing to do with. All of them are God’s children as far as I am concerned. All are deserving of love and dignity. Try smiling and saying hello to a homeless person sometime and see the reaction. OK, a few will ask for money, but a larger number will smile back and tell you you’re a blessing to them.
I wonder why God never tells Pat about that.
Leslie Boyd, a former newspaper reporter, is president of the health care advocacy nonprofit, WNC Health Advocates, founded in memory of her son, who died in 2008 because he couldn't access health care. E-mail her at leslie at lettersfromtheleft dot com or follow her on Twitter @leftyletters1, visit Letters from the Left on Facebook. For more information about WNC Health Advocates or to read Boyd's health care blog, visit wncha.org.