Pat Robertson’s Unrealistic, Unhelpful Advice to the Unemployed

Pat Robertson’s Unrealistic, Unhelpful Advice to the Unemployed

Pat Robertson is the main host of a Christian television program called “The 700 Club.” This program comes on Monday through Friday. He takes viewer questions at the end of many of the episodes.

I usually give out links to the episodes I discuss, but I didn’t plan on being online tonight, it’s growing late, I’m getting sleeping, and frankly, I’m too sleepy and lazy to google for the link.

On an episode of 700 Club that aired this week – the week of May 22, 2017, or possibly the last part of last week (like around May 18 or 19, 2017), Robertson took a question from some guy who was out of work.

It seems about twice per year, every year, Pat Robertson’s show receives a question from a lady or a man who says they are out of work, they have sent out hundreds of resumes, yet they are not getting employed, and nobody is even calling them in for job interviews.

They sometimes add that they pray constantly and ask God to send them a job, but so far, their prayers seem to be going un-heard, and they want to know why God isn’t helping them.

I find that when Pat’s son, Gordon, answers such inquiries, his answers are only a step or two above those of his father’s. He usually just gives generalized, Kum-Ba-Yah answers that just tell people to keep praying and hang in there, and he is sure God will eventually send them a job.

In regards to Pat, though. About any time anyone writes him asking him why God isn’t sending them a job, and they are running out of savings and don’t see how they are going to pay their bills, Pat almost always tells them to think outside the box.

Pat even did this one time to a guy who wrote in who was around 81 or 82 years old, and he said he was running out of money, he had a hard time paying his bills

Pat’s answer to this 80-something guy was the same as it is to anyone else who writes:

He tells them to stop looking to an employer for a job or a paycheck. He tells people to create their own business or their own wealth. He even told this 80 year old guy to become a tele-marketer or go mow lawns to earn money.

Are you effing kidding me?

If everyone could earn enough money via tele-marketing or mowing lawns, don’t you think most people would do so?

Those kind of jobs don’t pay enough to take care of bills.

Mowing lawns is something little kids or teens do to earn a bit of pocket money.

Outside of adults who had enough money to start their own Land-scaping service to start with, another type of adult who is out of work (say, someone who was laid off from a corporate job) won’t be able to afford a fancy lawn mowers…

Or won’t be able to afford to pay for salaries of anyone else he may want to hire for this lawn- cutting business, the gas for the mower, the weed wacking stuff, the cart thing you put on the back of a pick-up that hauls the mower around, and other equipment needed to start mowing people’s lawns.

Furthermore, if you live in the mid-west or the gulf coast, where the summers get more humid and hotter than hell (like around 110 or hotter), you won’t be able to mow lawns for long, especially if you are elderly and have health issues, such as the 80 year old dude who was writing Robertson for advice.

What planet is Pat Robertson residing on where he thinks that tele-marketing, or mowing lawns, is feasible or sustainable for any adult over the age of 25, to be able to pay rent, a mortgage, car repairs, medical expenses, groceries??

(I am not mocking anyone who mows lawns for a living or is into tele-marketing – that’s honest, respectable work – I am just saying I don’t think most adults can earn enough from such jobs to have enough to get by.)

I just don’t find Robertson’s advice on job hunting or whatever useful or realistic, certainly not for anyone over the age of 25 who already has rent to pay and so on.

And why is God NOT answering the prayers of people who are trusting in him for a job, or for financial help? Robertson’s replies don’t really address that topic. It’s one that most Christians don’t discuss.

3 thoughts on “Pat Robertson’s Unrealistic, Unhelpful Advice to the Unemployed”

  1. Having suddenly become unemployed through no fault of my own, I have some more advice to add to those in my situation:

    First of all, DO NOT go to Pat Robertson or any other televangelist for advice. All you are doing is wasting valuable time and energy.

    Ideally, you should have been preparing for this long in advance, especially if you are in a high-seniority bracket. It is no longer true that the last hired are the first fired. On the contrary, the more years and the more pay you accrue the more vulnerable you are. Not only should you have some money set aside, you should have also established a network of contacts both in and outside of your church circle. Especially outside.

    I have known many Christians who do not believe in socializing with nonbelievers. In my opinion that is a mistake. Because you may find that you and your fellow believers are all in the same boat as far as knowing where to turn (which is why people go to people like Pat Robertson in the first place). It has been my experience that the people who have the most valuable information and advice are not necessarily found in church. You need those connections! Network, network, network! I can’t stress that enough. The wider and more diverse circle of contacts you have the better off you are. And this is where us single people have the advantage because we do have the time and ability to make these contacts.

    If you don’t have that network or even if you do, read community bulletin boards. Often they will have information on where to find help. I know a church that offers a free drop in service on Mondays where representatives of various area agencies will sit down and talk with you. Take advantage of that. Sign up for unemployment. Keep your ear to the ground, be aware, and take advantage of everything you can. Alumni services (if you are a college grad). Make sure your sources are reliable and trustworthy. There are a lot of job scams out there. And if anyone gives you advice, ask them what their PERSONAL experience has been with the subject and how recent. You will find that ther are a lot of well-meaning but uninformed people out there who will confidently assure you, like the Munchkins did Dorothy, that they know where you can get help except that they have never been in your shoes and have absolutely no clue. They’ve only heard it somewhere. You may find, as Dorothy did, that the reality is much different. Be prepared. And good luck.

    1. @ trailer park cat lady.

      Good advice.

      I agree people shouldn’t turn to Pat Robertson for advice. Every once in awhile, he can give okay advice depending on the subject, but concerning this one, or romantic / relationship advice, I wish people would stop asking him for input.

      I have read your other posts on the blog, by the way. I appreciate your commentary, but I don’t always have much to add to the discussion. 🙂

  2. Well, this doesn’t surprise me at all. I have learned, when hearing advice, to evaluate where the advisor is coming from. Do they have any experience AT ALL with the subject and if so, how recent? And are they willing to share in the consequences of said advice or do they live in an insulated bubble? If the answer is no to experience and sharing consequences and yes to the insulated bubble, I pay no heed whatsoever to their words and go my merry way. It is very sad that too many people have not learned that lesson and turn to people like Pat Robertson for help when a bit of careful reflection might save them some grief. But then again, this is the same way we unmarried people are treated. It kind of reminds me of Job’s “friends”. Well, at the end they got a rude awakening when God told them he was very angry with them “because you have not spoken the truth about me like my servant Job has.”

    If you recall in the Wizard of Oz, the Munchkins had all kinds of advice to Dorothy about how to solve her problem of getting home. But I don’t recall any of them telling Dorothy that they had ever been to Emerald City to see the Wizard. Nor did any of them bother to set out with her. It’s no different here.

    What a contrast in the Book of Acts, when the early church was faced with a problem where a group of people complained they were being neglected at the church’s communal dinners. It’s very interesting what the Apostles did NOT do when confronted with this matter. They did not engage in blaming/shaming. They did not tell those people to be satisfied with the status quo. They did not brush them off or shut them up or tell them “It’s not the church’s job.” No, they listened, agreed that this group had a valid point, and then they got together and came up with an action plan. “This is how we are going to tackle this,” they told the group. “We are going to delegate people to minister to you.” And it sounds like everyone was satisfied with the solution because no more is heard of the matter. Seems we could learn from those early Christians.

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