Today on the 700 Club Pat Robertson jokingly advised a viewer of his show today to move to Saudia Arabia so he would be able to beat his wife.
Robertson’s tone indicates he’s joking — “Well, you could become a Muslim and you could beat her,” he said, adding that the man "can’t divorce her according to the Scripture, so I say: move to Saudi Arabia.” The response came as part of the 700 Club’s "Bring it On" segment, where viewers can send in questions for Robertson to answer.
Robertson refers to the woman in question as a "rebellious child," and says, “This man’s got to stand up to her and he can’t let her get away with this stuff."
“I don’t think we condone wife-beating these days but something has got to be done.”
First, Sharia Law is not something to be joked about. It is serious, and women worldwide are being victimized by it.
Secondly, something has to be done??? What does he mean by that? First off the husband in question needs to first make sure he is loving his wife as Christ loved the church. Secondly he needs to pray for her. Third the church can become involved if it warrants it.
Then there is pointing out what should be obvious is that Robertson was only hearing one side of it, probably not, but even so… this is how he responds? Then he goes on to crafting a profile of a woman he’s never met and was only introduced to her through the lens of this guy writing the letter.
Now if she is truly doing what the gentleman writing the letter describes her as doing then she is wrong and he does need to assert himself and exercise tough love (which for you liberal readers does not mean wife beating). Here’s the video of the exchange below provided via RightWingWatch.org, a Soros-funded, liberal watchdog group.
The maddening thing to all of this is that liberals try to portray all Christians in this manner. Frankly Pat Robertson maligns the name of Christ with his banter. Unfortunately this isn’t the only time. A year ago he said it was ok for a man to divorce his wife with Alzheimer’s Disease. Last month he made an absolutely stupid statement about adoption affirming men not wanting to date women who have adopted foreign children. See below:
This brought a sharp rebuke from Russell Moore, a Dean at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY, and an advocate of adoption:
The issue here isn’t just that Robertson is, with cruel and callous language, dismissing the Christian mandate to care for the widows and orphans in their distress. The issue is that his disregard is part of a larger worldview. The prosperity and power gospel Robertson has preached fits perfectly well with the kind of counsel he’s giving in recent years. Give China a pass on their murderous policies; we’ve got business interests there. Divorce your weak wife; she can’t do anything for you anymore. Those adopted kids might have brain damage; they’re “weird.” What matters is health and wealth and power. But that’s not the gospel of Jesus Christ. For too long, we’ve let our leaders replace the cross with an Asherah pole. Enough is enough.
Robertson later retracted his statement, as I’m sure he’ll do again with today’s remarks. It doesn’t matter. Robertson has demonstrated an increasing inability to speak coherently and biblically on cultural issues. It’s time for him to step down, and I would hope he and the Christian Broadcast Network realize that as well.