If Pat Robertson had a blog, he might have shared his thought of assassinating Hugo Chavez with a select group of listeners and commentors for feedback. And if that feedback was negative, as I assume it would have been . . . he could have decided to pull out early and change his mind, rather than going public with an untested and potentially divisive idea. And so I said in my seminar on blogging on Monday.
But he didn't have a blog
and he didn't test his idea
and he didn't pull out early.
As for me, I have visited Venezuela a few times and spent about a month of my life there. Its quite a violent place - I have to admit - on arrival to Caracas we got into a fist fight with some guys . . .
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The subject of violent disagreement was the fact that their hands were inside our backpacks and they had just relieved us of our money. And we felt that they should give it back. Which they did, after Mauricio encouraged one of them with much persuasion. The guy with his arm in my bag was too young for me to beat on him and so I held on to him tightly and gave him a mean look while he . . . repented. After they handed over what they had stolen, we let them run off.
But Venezuela is a great country and we spent much time with the churches to help strengthen them to be lights in a dark city. I heard that many years later, they were still involved with projects that started. A small impact, perhaps, but more congenial than taking out their president.
Mike McNicols has a good article in the latest Next Wave on why Pat Robertson does not represent the majority Christian view of how to bring change in Venezuela. Its called "Thank You, Pat Robertson". Mike, who just got back from another trip to Venezuela, gives the skinny on Chavez . .
"Hugo Chavez is an interesting fellow. Prior to his election as president he was sitting in jail as the result of a failed coup attempt. As the story goes, he underwent a dramatic conversion experience, emerging from prison as a follower of Jesus. Even today his weekly televised speeches (which go on for hours) are often peppered with scriptural references. At the same time, Chavez dances with socialism, anti-Americanism and a struggling semi-free-market system. It makes for pretty wild politics and an uncertain economy". Full article.