Televangilist Pat Robertson suggested Thursday that Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's stroke was retribution for promoting peace in Israel. While not unusual that I would take issue with the words of Mr. Robertson even this is an amazing new low. In pondering the proper response the only thing appropriate that comes to mind is the following passage from Paul's first letter to the Corinthians.
Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.
And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.
And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.
Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,
Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;