For those of you who may not be familiar with Pat Robertson and the role he has played in our political and religious life, I suggest the Wikipedia article, which begins,
Marion Gordon “Pat” Robertson (born March 22, 1930) is an American media mogul, televangelist, political commentator, former Republican presidential candidate, and former Southern Baptist minister. Robertson advocates a conservative Christian ideology and is known for his past activities in Republican party politics. He is associated with the Charismatic Movement within Protestant evangelicalism. He serves as chancellor and CEO of Regent University and chairman of the Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN). He appears daily on The 700 Club, CBN’s flagship television program.
On Robertson’s own account, he was not a serious Christian until he underwent personal difficulty. He graduated near the top of his class at Yale Law School in 1955, but failed the New York bar exam. Failing the bar cost Robertson opportunities at post-graduate employment, and in the ensuing months of what he later described as disappointment, embarrassment, and unemployment, he became a born-again Christian and began a career as a minister.
Comment: What to Do When You Fail the New York Bar Exam
Of course, alternatively, he might have taken another bar test prep course and tried once again.
I can report from personal experience that the New York bar exam is no walk in the park on a spring day. That said, lots of people of modest intelligence and limited learning have managed to pass the test.
But perhaps it was all for the best. Having the ear of Almighty God probably beats mere competence in securities litigation.
Comment: The Mandate of Heaven
More insight on the origin of the mandate of heaven (天命) concept may be found here.