No Other Gods: How American Evangelicals Have Replaced God with the Government (Part 1)

The Problem

“The future of the world is at stake because if America falls, there’s no longer a strong champion of freedom and a champion of the oppressed of the world.”  So said Pat Robertson as the Republican primaries for the 2012 election started heating up.  And here’s the real zinger—Pat claims that God told him these things.  The first time I heard this quote, in the context of a larger speech Robertson gave on his TV show “The 700 Club”, I knew I had to say something to somebody about it.  So I did.  On Facebook.  And I received an overwhelmingly positive response.  I still had a feeling that more should be said, though.  As bad as Robertson’s quote is, it really is just a symptom of a larger problem.  It is that larger problem that we will explore in more depth.

What, then, is the problem with Robertson’s quote?  Continue reading