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Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Priorities--where are yours?

Eight years ago, in April, everybody was glued to their TV sets to watch the devastation of the entire cities of Grand Forks, ND and East Grand Forks, MN as the dikes broke and the water flooded everything. Then came the fires.

Ever since Monday morning, the same thing has happened with the Gulf Coast. One of our kids was there. Thankfully, he got out safely. Many people weren't so lucky. And for those who did escape the ravages of Mother Nature, they are in limbo. Where do they go? What will they do? Did their friends make it out too? Do they have any of their belongings left? And then came fires.

If you have lived through such travesties, it sends cold shivers up and down your spine. Our hearts go out to them. We want to reach out to them in any way we can.

But just a couple of days before that, a man who promotes himself as a Christian, a minister of the gospel, openly announced that he was calling for the assassination of the president of Venezuela. He can deny that he said that all he wants to; I watched the tape myself, and his message was loud and clear. This is the Spirit of Christ? The attitude of forgiving our brethren--70 times 70 times? This is loving your neighbor as yourself? Not in my Bible!

How much more good could he have accomplished by sharing some material goods and love with the people from the devastated area? Yes, prejudices abound--in all walks of life.

As Ivan (my hubby) and I were talking about this today, Ivan commented that perhaps Pat Robertson (the offending minister) should be deported--to Venezuela. Or how would he feel about becoming a "man without a country" and have to spend his life traveling from Venezuela to China on a Venezuelan oil freighter? I hear (from a pretty reliable source) that most of Venezuela's oil will be heading to China. Can anyone blame them?

For over 30 years Ivan and I have operated Mission Socorro, a charitable organization in the Red River Valley of ND and MN. We also have someone who was in New Orleans who has been in contact (via cell phone) with many of the people who are outcasts from their own homes and city. If you feel led to help them, a contribution to Mission Socorro (it is tax deductible) at P.O. Box 126, East Grand Forks, MN 56721 would be much appreciated. It will all be forwarded directly to families who have been misplaced. We know their heartache. We remember our own flood. It was 6 weeks before we could even go back to see if we had a home left.

And if you would like to read about how our hearty people survived, check out my book, "The Flood of the Millennium: The People, the Real Survivors" at amazon.com, bn.com or bamm.com. I think you will find it an inspiration. If you know someone from the affected areas, it might offer them some hope.

Thank you for visiting me. I welcome your comments. If you have any other inventive ideas for Mr. Robertson, I'd love to hear them!


  • At 9:01 PM, Blogger Myriam's Muse said…

    I think that the church of God should have him removed from the pulpit for insighting the power of evil in our world. It is hard enough to walk in spirit but one who has the microphone and the tv can insight others to commit sins against man and God.

    And now I wait to hear if my son is alive or dead. Well, at least I know that he is not out killing people with his words even if he will never be in my life again.

  • At 10:38 PM, Blogger Jenn said…

    Oh yes, he is so showing the world a good example of Christianity isn't he? It makes all think that its ok to kill, which it isn't. The US does not do that. I am all for taking that man out of power, but try for a bloodless solution, for once.

  • At 11:20 PM, Blogger Marilyn said…

    This of course is the same man who asked God to divert Huuricane Isabel from Virginia Beach (home of his so-called ministry) and send it somewhere else. The man is a disgrace to the term "Christian" and I think he's going to be mighty surprised when he's turned away at the Pearly Gates and finds himself burning along with others like him in the fiery depths of hell.

  • At 8:35 AM, Anonymous Sherrie Mountain Hawk Lady said…

    Obviously he has never read the Golden Rule, "Do unto others as ye would have them do unto you!" So called "Christian" ministers like him is what drove me out of the church many years ago!

  • At 12:32 PM, Anonymous Johana Smith said…

    LOL Janet, Even the subject of Pat Robertson (The Moron) isn't funny, you have found a way to use your legendary sense of humor to make us laugh with your comments.
    As far as I am concerned, The best place for Pat Robertson is... HELL, on this earth or anywhere it is.
    They send innocent monkeys into space, perhaps a single trip to a distant galaxy would be appropriate for Mr. Robertson! (or is it too good for him?).
    Glad to hear that your son is safe. I have been worrying about all my friends living in Louisiana and MS. May they also be safe.


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