Religious broadcaster Pat Robertson believes that at the end of each year God tells him what’s going to happen the next year, and so he goes on TV and makes his “God-ordained” predictions. He claims that he has a good record in the percentage of his predictions that come true, but there have been some notable misses. He predicted that Russia would invade Israel in 1982, projected a worldwide economic collapse in 1985 and said Sen. Jay Rockefeller would be elected president in 1996. In 2007 he predicted a terrorist attack, possibly involving a nuclear weapon, but it did not come about. Oops!
This year, Robertson said that God has given him a more general warning of judgment for America’s acceptance of abortion, gay marriage and secularism. He said God will not bless a nation where abortion is commonplace, homosexuality is institutionalized and government-sanctioned prayer and Bible reading are banned in public schools. Robertson said he did receive a clear word about the economy. He said that the country will be ultimately bankrupt. In light of some of his more embarrassing misses, evidently he’s decided to make less specific, more general predictions.
After reading his predictions for 2010, I decided – as a Christian leader – that I should probably make some too. I mean, if Pat does it, so should I, right? So, here they are. My predictions for 2010.
2010 Prediction #1:
No matter how hard I fight it, an age-attack of biblical proportions will strike me in July of this year…as I will turn 40.
2010 Prediction #2:
My family will experience a serious financial setback in February of this year…when my daughter gets married and I have to pay for it.
2010 Prediction #3:
I will pay more taxes to the federal government than ever before this year…as I lose one of my tax-deductions (I mean “daughters”) to marriage.
2010 Prediction #4:
The Pittsburgh Steelers will not win Super Bowl 44…because – in an act of unparalleled class – they will decide to let another team enjoy the limelight this season.
2010 Prediction #5:
John and Kate won’t have any more kids.
2010 Prediction #6:
Jack Bauer will save New York City…in a mere 24 hours.
2010 Prediction #7:
Sarah Palin will make the Republicans look like even bigger buffoons..now that she’ll be seen and heard on a regular basis on Fox News. (Does anyone else cringe when she starts to talk?)
2010 Prediction #8:
Pete Rose will continue to be banned from baseball…even though cheating in baseball seems to be the norm these days.
2010 Prediction #9:
James Cameron will just keep getting richer…thanks to 10 feet tall blue aliens.
2010 Prediction #10:
Goofy Christian leaders like Pat Robertson will continue to provide us with plenty of cheesy material to laugh at…even though it’s really not that funny when goofballs like him who have a track record of being wrong continue to claim that God tells them specifics about future events. (Stones anyone?)