Pat’s comments from his program yesterday have been quoted and posted all over the internet today, (see video). As I mentioned under another post, what he said concerning Haiti making a pact with satan, has been disputed by many people, including many Haitian pastors for years.
Have you ever heard how some preachers or theologians try to explain the unspeakable misery that is crippling most of Haiti’s population of 8 million? Everywhere you go, from your television screen to the Internet, what you are most likely to find is a reference to a spiritual pact that the fathers of the nation supposedly made with the devil to help them win their freedom from France. As a result of that satanic alliance, as they put it, God has placed a curse on the country some time around its birth3, and that divine burden has made it virtually impossible for the vast majority of Haitians to live in peace and prosperity in their land. Surprising, right?
The satanic pact allegedly took place at Bois-Caïman near Cap-Haïtien on August 14, 1791 during a meeting organized by several slave leaders, under [Dutty] Boukman’s leadership, before launching what would become Haiti’s Independence War. This brutal period lasted 13 years until the last survivors of the French expeditionary forces, dispatched to Saint-Domingue with the sole purpose to re-establish slavery, were allowed by Dessalines to leave the island and return to Napoleon. Those who made it safely to France wrote and reported about the utmost bravery and supreme courage of Haiti’s indigenous army.
Obviously, the idea that Haiti was dedicated to Satan prior to its independence is a very serious and profound statement with potentially grave consequences for its people in terms of how they are perceived by others or how the whole nation is understood outside its borders. One would agree that such a strong affirmation should be based on solid historical and scriptural ground. But, although the satanic pact idea is by far the most popular explanation for Haiti’s birth as a free nation, especially among Christian missionaries and some Haitian Church leaders, it is nothing more than a fantasist opinion that ultimately dissipates upon close examination. (read more, God, Satan, and the Birth of Haiti, Posted October 2005)
Here’s my question: If Pat Robertson is so sure this story is true, and it is God’s judgment on the people in Haiti, brought about by a ‘curse’ for some pact their ancestors are suppose to have made, then isn’t he interfering with God’s judgment by using his ministry, Operation Blessing, in order to send in help and relief now? Seems to me he’d be working “against” God.
I personally couldn’t believe he even said that yesterday, knowing its been disputed as even being true! It was a totally DUMB and STUPID thing to say…especially by a Christian.
But I have a problem with Christians jumping out front immediately concerning any tragic disaster, automatically claiming its God’s judgment. Unless God has unequivocally revealed to them its his judgment, its only presumption and/or speculation on their part.
Sometimes its better to be SILENT.