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Thursday, November 30, 2006

God to Pat Robertson: Can you hear Me NOW?

On May 8 of this year, televangelist Pat Robertson made the following statement:

...I go away at the end of each year to pray, and if I heard the Lord right about 2006, the coasts of America will be lashed by storms. I think we're going to see some really serious storms.

Apparently Mr. Robertson did not hear the Lord right about 2006. Or perhaps Pat Robertson and friends prayed and God granted the coasts a reprieve. That's the fun thing about prophecies: even the blatantly wrong ones can be retrofitted to match whatever situation arises.

Pat Robertson's statement was made six months after the end of the most active hurricane season on record. Who didn't expect 2006 to be at least somewhat comparable? Who would have seriously thought that 2006 would have one of the least active hurricane seasons?

Or maybe Pat wasn't talking about hurricanes. Maybe he meant thunderstorms, or wind storms, or dust storms, or snow stoms? Hurricane season 2006 ends today, but weird weather season 2006 extends through the last day of December 2006. He could still be right, sort of.

Pat Robertson wasn't all prophetic statements back in May. On the 17th he also said this:
So we're positioning supplies in California. We've got supplies positioned in Florida. We'll have others, and, of course, we have a major presence in the Gulf right now. We're there because we feel the Lord wants us to help people. We feel it's our duty to help the poor and the needy.

And you know what? That's a good thing. Just because no major natural disaster has happened so far this year, we can't assume that nothing is going to happen. In fact, it's a pretty safe bet that something will happen, someday, somewhere. Actually, it doesn't take a natural disaster to produce poor and needy who need help.

So, Mr. Robertson, keep those supplies fresh and rotated. When the time comes, I hope that you can help. And I hope you're doing your duty every day and helping the poor and needy. Maybe you didn't hear the Lord right. But do you think the Lord heard what you said, and will hold you to it?

Because the rest of us did, and some of us will.

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