God’ll Get You

"Something happened a long time ago in Haiti, and people might not want
to talk about it," he said on Christian Broadcasting Network's "The 700
Club." "They were under the heel of the French. You know, Napoleon III,
or whatever. And they got together and swore a pact to the devil. They
said, we will serve you if you'll get us free from the French. True
story. And so, the devil said, okay it's a deal."

Robertson said
that "ever since, they have been cursed by one thing after the other"
and he contrasted Haiti with its neighbor, the Dominican Republic."

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  1. Steve

    The truth is that they did make a pact with the devil.
    Now the significance you put on that pact I guess has to do with whether you believe the devil is real or not.
    But it is one of Haiti’s founding myths.
    http://muse.jhu.edu/login?uri=/journals/small_axe/v009/9.2laroche.html
    According to Haitian national history, the revolutionary war was launched on the eve of a religious ceremony at a place in the north called Bwa Kayiman (Bois Caiman, in French). At that ceremony on August 14, 1791, an African slave named Boukman sacrificed a pig, and both Kongo and Creole spirits descended to possess the bodies of the participants, encouraging them and fortifying them for the upcoming revolutionary war. Despite deep ambivalence on the part of intellectuals, Catholics, and the moneyed classes, Vodou has always been linked with militarism and the war of independence and, through it, the pride of national sovereignty.
    So, yeah if there is a devil, Haiti made a pact with it. Might explain why even though Haiti and the Dominican Republic share the same island, the Dominican Republic has been far more successful.

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  2. Erin

    Thanks for your thoughts, Steve.
    I agree that there is a literal devil — “the Satan” (or “the Accuser”) — in the Christian faith. Now, my question is… if the Haitian people made a pact with their evil one, was it really the devil we think it is? If it was done under the guise of Catholicism, did the Haitian people truly understand who the Satan was? If not, how are we to know that they had a true and meaningful understanding of Christ? How do we know just what they understood under the tyranny of colonial power? Hey… we were the Christian people who killed those who refused to convert. I’d say that was a wee bit more of a millstone than an unreached people group crying out for help to whoever would listen.
    The US… if we’re going to go occultic… has had so many devilish pacts made that it’s unreal. Everyone from the silliness of Anton Xander Lavey to Benny Hinn’s prophecies of a false kind. If God really acts like this, all of North American should be in flames right now if not decades ago.
    Pact or not, Reverend Robertson had no place discerning the mind of the Most High God in this matter. None. Why it happened is up to God. Did anyone stop to think that Jesus’ prophecies of earthquakes could be manifested here? That the earth is roiling in the birthpains of the end?
    As for which side of the island is more successful… we (rich countries) keep the DR rich with our dollars and we (rich countries) keep Haiti poor with our dollars. That island is how it is TODAY because of rich countries like us. Our view on life shapes who lives and who dies in Haiti. You trace the dollar all the way back to the source and see it happening.
    As for the devil… whatever pact anyone makes with him is nothing that Jesus Christ cannot forgive, overcome and smash to bits.
    Instead of pointing blame, people just need to be broken over this and start feeling the pain of children who saw their parents die. Jesus IS here today and is the middle of all that mess. He’s not wearing a suit, pointing at Haitians and saying: “Told ya so”.

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