Pat Robertson is right.
My fingers still hurt from typing that, but it's true. At least in this very specific instance.
Last weekend, Saturday Night Live aired a sketch where Jesus comes to visit Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos, the highlights of which were Jesus asking the Broncos QB to tone down his public displays of faith a notch and telling the rest of the Broncos that, if he's going to keep helping them win, they need to stop playing terrible football for the first three quarters of the game.
So the sketch was pretty sacrilegious concerning Christ and pretty rough on His sheep Tim Tebow. And that made televangelist (and cuckoo-bananas false prophet) Pat Robertson mad. While discussing this sketch on whatever "Christian" channel he's on, Robertson had this to say:
If this had been a Muslim country and they had done that, and had Muhammad doing that stuff, you would have found bombs being thrown off!
Now, aside from "bombs being thrown off" not making any prepositional sense, Pat Robertson is right. Islam does not take kindly to mockery, especially concerning its chief prophet Mohammed. And had SNL done a skit mocking the Koran, the prophet and/or Muslims the way they mocked Christianity, I'm sure that somewhere in the world, you would have found some bombs being thrown off in some form or another. So it's not as though SNL's lack of Islam-mocking sketches is born from a genuine appreciation of the religion. I sincerely doubt that the head writers at 30 Rock haven't asked Jason Sudeikis to dress up as Allah's prophet because they genuinely respect the beliefs of 1.6 billion Muslims throughout the world. Rather, any respect they give to Islam is born out of fear of violent retaliation, the same fear that caused Comedy Central to wimp out of showing a depiction of Mohammed in a South Park episode a number of years ago.
And while respect born from fear may be an acceptable thing if you're Tiberius Caesar, it's not worth squat if you're a pope or a prophet or a Presbyterian. So, as Christians, the fact that we're not given the same respect as Muslims shouldn't make us angry. Instead, that should make us happy, very happy. Because that means that people view the Church precisely the way Christ said they'd view her-as something lowly and meek, something that can be mocked with impunity. It means that people expect us to do exactly what Jesus told us to do when they strike us-to turn the other cheek.
And as someone who very frequently fails to act in a Christ-like manner, it's pretty comforting to see that, somehow, the world still expects me to be exactly who Christ says I am. It's a great reminder that neither my sins nor SNL sketches can stop Jesus from being Lord of His Church.