I was deeply troubled over the story on Dr. Pat Robertson in the Jan. 20 issue of the Oracle.
Robertson has been a friend to ORU. He has served on the board with Oral Roberts and has raised funds for the institution for assets we enjoy. When the university was about to topple just a couple of years ago, and the faculty and staff were looking at going a month without pay, Robertson stepped in and picked up the tab for our salaries. Why was that not mentioned as background in that story?
When I taught Newswriting, I covered a segment on photojournalism. I showed an example of O.J. Simpson on the cover of “Time.” They darkened the image to make him look more sinister, certainly not unbiased reporting. I noticed the photo that was chosen to accompany the Oracle story was a very unflattering picture of Robertson with a “crazed man” expression.
I Googled “Pat Robertson photos” and found over 100 attractive photos of Robertson nicely dressed with a pleasant expression and posed for a head shot.
The “crazed man” photo in the Oracle article was the 104th photo displayed. Why wasn’t one of the attractive photos chosen?
Although Robertson tends to shoot off his mouth from time to time, the recent article did not accurately reflect what he said. I have the transcript of the show, and the article covered Robertson’s negatives but not his positives. After a week of solitude and prayer, Robertson gave a report of the wonderful things he felt this year would hold.
“CBN will have the best year ever,” Robertson said. “We’ll have an amazing harvest of souls, 620 million people have been recorded so far as accepting the Lord. There will be a greater harvest than ever.”
His Operation Blessing ministry provides clean water, orphan care, hunger relief, medical aid, microenterprise and disaster relief even as close as Joplin, Mo. Why was this not included in the story as background?
Robertson knows his stuff when it comes to finances. Check his personal wealth. He knows that an organization can’t spend more than it takes in. If it does, it will have an economic collapse.
I have watched Robertson’s teachings over the past 39 years, and he solely has taught me sound godly financial principles that have put me in a debt-free position early in life with freedom now to fund ORU students with $10,000 worth of scholarships each year for the past 10 years that many of the Oracle staff members have enjoyed. I credit my blessings in life to his teaching.
Let’s touch not God’s anointed. Let’s show him the grace we would like to see for ourselves. He’s been there for us in the time of need. Let’s be there for him.