Pat Robertson has done it again! Are you really surprised??Just this year alone we’ve brought you news of some of the crazy things Pat Robertson has already said. He’s claimed that people who drink or smoke pot are enslaved to vegetables, that same-sex marriages are the equivalent to man-dog marriages, and covens use your Facebook ultrasounds to curse unborn babies. He also cons the elderly out of their homes.
On yesterday’s “700 Club,” Pat Robertson answered a question from a mother regarding whether or not her and her husband should attend the gay wedding of their child. As always, his answer made completely no sense. Let’s look at the flaws in the question first of all.
The question from the viewer was:
“My spouse and I are not in agreement as to whether or not we should attend the gay marriage of our child. One of us feels that it is totally against the Lord’s plan and our attendance would send (at very least) a mixed message, or at worse it would be like taking a stand for gay marriage. The other feels our attendance would show the support to our child that is necessary for the future of our relationship and witness. What do you think we should do? Should one attend, while the other does not?”
The Two Flaws To This Question
1. When I first read the question, I knew instantly that Pat Robertson’s answer would not be biblical because the question itself was not biblical. These parents essentially believe that their child’s wedding will be filled with sinners and sinful activity. So, if they attend the wedding, they will be taking a stand for gay marriage? Not once in the Bible did Jesus NOT attend somewhere because sinners would be there. If anything, Jesus made more of an effort to surround himself with people who were mistreated, judged, and persecuted. So by not attending their child’s wedding, the parents are already not following biblical principles.
2. While one parent doesn’t want to attend the wedding, the other parent does want to attend. Did you notice the caveat though? The one parent wants to attend because it’s, “necessary for the future of our relationship,” and the other does not because it’s “against the Lord’s plan.”?Basically, one parent wants to go, but reserve’s the right to make it known that the people there are sinners. Behind closed doors, these parents are desperately hoping and praying that the marriage completely falls apart. That is NOT the type of people I would want at my wedding, parents or not!
Now Pat responded by saying:
“You don’t agree with it. You’ve got to stand there and be a witness to it. By your attendance at the ceremony, you are agreeing with it… I just wouldn’t go. I would tell your child, “I love you, but I cannot condone this. We will always love you, but I don’t condone this activity.”
First of all, where did the “you shouldn’t condone the behavior” argument come from? It is constantly used against gay people and, it isn’t biblical at all! Jesus didn’t go around telling people, “I’ll come see you, but I don’t condone your behavior.” Jesus helped, healed, and befriended those who were mistreated, despite their behavior.
Secondly, and most importantly, Jesus NEVER said, “I love you, but…”. Let me repeat, Jesus NEVER said, “I love you, but…”. The simple fact that Pat Robertson tells people to say, “I love you, but…” is a problem. If you have to say “but” after saying “I love you,” then you are not loving unconditionally. You do not fully love that person.
So, if you’re wanting to know whether you should attend your child’s gay wedding or not, let me answer for you, YES. It is YOUR CHILD. Are you really going to miss out on the happiest day of your child’s life? Also,?if you’re only attending to “bear witness,” then do not go. If you’re secretly hoping and praying that the “sinful” marriage falls apart, then do not go. Your child is better off not surrounding himself/herself with hateful people.
If you’re LGBT and will be getting married soon, please surround yourself with those who love you and support you. Family isn’t always blood, family is also created. Surround yourself with the family of your choosing. Be with the people who love and accept you.