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.