theodicy

Put Robertson Back on the Meds and Take the Mic Away

From Black and Christian, by the Haitian Jean R. Gelin, Ph.D. in “God, Satan, and the Birth of Haiti” (Part 1):

I was born and raised in Haiti, and I am a graduate of the State University in Port-au-Prince. I am also a believer in the Lord Jesus-Christ in accordance with the Bible. In all of my studies of Haitian history, however, I have yet to find a good evidence of even the idea of Satan’s assistance in the Independence War, let alone a satanic pact.

For quite some time now, several articles on the Internet have mentioned the existence of an iron pig statue in Port-au-Prince as a monument to commemorate Haiti’s so-called pact with the devil through Vodou. The statue would be in remembrance of a pig that was killed during the gathering by the African slaves. In an effort to know more about that rumor, I contacted several authors about the exact location of the pig statue that’s incidentally nowhere to be found in the country. Their answer was complete silence, a simple apology, or just the removal of the reference from their texts.

One writer was grateful to me for pointing out the inaccuracy of her article, and she made the necessary adjustment. But I am sure that the same allusion can be found somewhere in other published pieces of writing and documents. The worst part of the whole picture is that the story is believed by many sincere Christians in America and around the world; and not only do they believe it, they also spread it as fact. The tragedy of our age is that repeated lies are often mistaken for the truth, especially when repeated long enough. That’s particularly the case in religious circles where faith on the part of the audience is generally expected, but that should never be so for those who believe in the Bible.

Maybe, believers need to return to biblical texts like 1 Thessalonians 5:21, “Test everything. Hold on to the good”.

Clearly we are long over due in fixing (American) conservative theology’s theodicy arguments — which seems tied to a prosperity gospel understanding of covenantal blessings and curses. Never mind that someone should kick Robertson’s ass over equating liberation with a pact with the devil, while refusing to see his own idolatry of American empire.

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4 thoughts on “Put Robertson Back on the Meds and Take the Mic Away

  1. I’m not surprised that someone like Robertson who, as you say, refuses to see his idolatry of the American state, would equate liberation with satanism. Quite unsurprising!

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