Pat Robertson at Biaggi’s

Today Pat Robertson came into Biaggi’s for lunch. Apparently he’s doing some type of speaking in Evansville this weekend. I didn’t work lunch, but when I came in for my dinner shift about 8 different people said, “Oh I totally was thinking about you today, Pat Robertson came in for lunch.”

Now it’s cool, and I’m flattered that my boss and coworkers were thinking about me. At the same time I can’t say I’m huge fan of this association. It’d be like me saying to a Muslim friend, “Hey I saw a video of planes flying into buildings today and I thought of you.”

I guess in one way it’s nice to be known as “the Christian guy” on staff. Although I have a sinking suspicion this has more to do with my big mouth and than my actions or attitude.

Honestly though I am a pretty authentic person and that attitude manifests itself at work. When I’m ticked off, people know about it. When I’m in the weeds or get bad tips, I get frustrated like everyone else. I don’t try to play off like my life is all together and everything’s perfect because I’m a Christian.

My goal is that people would look at my life and think two things:

  1. Man, Billy is screwed up. If God accepts him, he’d probably accept me too.
  2. Man, Billy is different and it’s good. I want Jesus in my life because I want that different goodness.

I wonder what people think when they see Pat Robertson’s life. Even if I don’t agree with his theology I can say he has excellent taste when it comes to dining choices.

I wonder if someone from work will drop a comment. C’mon I know some of you guys have been to my blog.

6 Responses to “Pat Robertson at Biaggi’s”


  1. 1 Sarah Chia August 5, 2007 at 12:16 pm

    Wait…so Pat Robertson himself was literally at the restaurant? I thought you just meant some cheesy look-a-like was there. I didn’t know it was the man himself. I think that’s cool…although I, too, would cringe if I were associated with him too closely.

    But I don’t think it’s as bad as the Muslim/terrorist thing.

  2. 3 Billy Chia August 5, 2007 at 2:05 pm

    Justin,
    Thanks for the link.

    Sarah,
    Although conceptually they are both the same, yes, it’s not quite as bad.

    I was using hyperbole to make a point along with referencing 911 because Robertson is well-known for his comments regarding the tragedy.

  3. 4 Daniel Tomlinson August 5, 2007 at 8:35 pm

    Yeah, it’s unfortunate he felt obligated to make those 911 comments because it makes those of us who want to make a positive impact for Christ look bad.

    All well, if God can work through Abraham, Issac and Jacob then he can overcome a comment by Pat Robertson.

    Keep that new wine flowing my brother.

  4. 5 Sarah Christine August 6, 2007 at 12:24 pm

    Yeah yeah yeah…I read it.
    I think that a lot of people from work do associate you with Christianity. Mainly, because you’re the only person who talks about it at work. Most people don’t like to discuss their religion because it can lead to heated debates and stereotyping. I appreciate that you are strong enough in faith to let people in on it without worrying what they might think of you.
    Pat Robertson didn’t make me think of you. He made me think, “Holy Crap!! He’s old!!” I meant no pun in using “Holy Crap” as it really is what I said to Emilia.
    Something I found rather interesting about him being there was the comments other guests were making. One guy said to a friend, “Have you seen him on TV? He’s such a jerk.”
    In my opinion, you missed nothing by not working that morning.

  5. 6 Billy Chia August 6, 2007 at 2:15 pm

    Daniel,
    Good call. Our God is big enough to overcome.

    Sarah,
    Thanx for dropping by. Yeah I’m not a fan of stereotyping. Although, silence only helps to perpetuate stereotypes. The answer is open discussion.


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