Friday, January 06, 2006

Pat Poll

I just want to ask y'all, about Pat Robertson, on a scale of 1 to 10 (where 1 = "ignore him because he is an irrelevant joke" and 10 = "actively seek his downfall because he is doing great harm to Christianity") what do you think we should do?

15 comments:

EyeRytStuf said...

1 AND 10. And don't average me to a 5.5.

sparklesax said...

Andy, you can actually have a free "poll" where the results can be tabulated by going to: http://www.misterpoll.com/

As for me an my house: ditto eyerytstuf.

the rev

Michael said...

It would have to be a "1" because there is little we can do about it. Ignoring him - since he is in media and not, in my opinion, theology - will shut off his life blood.

Stephen said...

Maybe its God's divine will that ole Pat has a stroke and lies in a coma.

Seriously, do we as Christians have to put up with his idiotic rambling?

Kansas Bob said...

Pat Robertson's comments are yet another sad embarrassment for Evangelical America. I agree with Ted Haggard, president of the National Assn. of Evangelicals, who said that Robertson no more spoke for evangelicals than "Dr. Phil," the television show host, spoke for psychologists.

As for judging (1-10) ... I'll leave that to the Lord :)

David said...

Hm. I sympathize with EyeRytStuf.

But really, it seems to me that the only people who take dear Patso seriously are people already within the church--either they agree with his thinking and love him, or they disagree and hate him.

In other words, if he's "harming" any part of Christianity, it's the self-image of Christians who disagree with him.

Is it naïve of me to believe that folks who don't already identify as "church people" just look at him and laugh at his buffoonery, without it changing their view of "the church" in one way or another? I dunno....

Auntiegreat said...

Ignore him. I think he does little or no harm to Chritianity. Most of the people I know, even the non-church people, understand that he is an ignorant bigot. They don't associate him with the real Christians that they know. What I hate most is that he brings out the most un-Christ-like parts of me. I guess I should appreciate that and use it as a learning experience.

Brad said...

Are you people serious? Ten Ten Ten Ten Ten Ten!!!!!!!! When people hear the word Christian, this is what they picture. Something must be done.

B

Adam Caldwell said...

Ummm...for our own peace of mind I would have to say a 3, but I agree with Kansas Bob on this one. I don't' know that all non christians immediately think of Pat when they hear the word christian.

TN Rambler said...

Adam,
While non-christians may not immediately think of Pat Robertson when they here the term Christian, I'm afraid that they think of the term Christian when they hear Pat Robertson. Now, they may also think nut case when they hear his name as well, but I don't particularly like that association...do you?

Andy, make mine a 7.

Wayne

John said...

Hard to say. One factor would be his political influence. If he has any, then the factor would be high.

I think that it would be best to condemn and then ignore him.

He's already suffering divine punishment for his words.

Adam Caldwell said...

I think that we have to ask ourselves what is the proper response. Wayne, I don't particularly like it that Pat is associated with the same camp as me either, but we are called to love. Love is patient, kind, long-suffering, etc.

Also, where does the holy spirit fit into this thing? It is the holy spirit that draws. I say let's not worry about it and let the holy spirit do his job. Sometimes we need to know when to let go.

Vinny said...

I'll go with a 4. I wouldn't wan't folks to ignore him completely, because he provides great entertainment value for Jon Stewart and his viewers (like me). I don't think he is a threat to Christianity or damaging to it per se; it's more of a self-inflicted wound of Christians (hopefully the majority of Christians) who disagree with him yet who don't make a proactive effort to get their voice out there to provide a balance to his nonsense.

Vinny

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Donna Simon said...

I'd say 8 with a bullet. I'm more with Brad on this one. We've been ignoring Pat, and he just gets scarier. And yes, there are a lot of people out there who do actually think he speaks for Christians, mainly because not enough Christians speak out when he says something absolutely nutso.

Though more people are reputing him now that he's not just bashing gay people. I guess that's the Phelps factor.

adam mustoe said...

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060112/ap_on_re_mi_ea/israel_christians

Pat is 'sorry' check out the article. I agree that he is not a "good" association with Christianity because it seems like every couple months he's got another gem to get everyone all pissed off, myself included. But i'll bet he's done some good stuff now and again.

I wouldn't want people to judge me in light of being "the voice of Christianity" but I don't call for any assasinations or blame homosexuals for 9/11 or Strokes on World Leaders being smited by God, I also don't have a T.V. show, so I say Pat: It comes with the territory buddy!

To me the interesting question is what happens when ol' Pat gets sick with cancer or some other horrible thing? Is that a punishment for all the crap that emits from his station?