Praying for Obama

Farah is on record as recommending that Christians pray for the failure of Obama’s programs, and objecting to praying for his success.

I have to wonder about who he’s thinking of here. At St. Paul’s we prayed for “wisdom” for Obama. In the Book of Common Prayer, we pray to “enlighten the hearts of all Christian rulers”, and Obama is at least nominally a Christian. I’ve never been to a church that offered indescriminate blessing to a ruler.

In Wicca, they do spellwork for what they need, because when you start working for specific outcomes, they tend to be not what you really want, to backfire badly, and to involve subverting the free will of others. To pray for epic fail is to wish evil on another, and to wish chaos on the country.

The best thing to pray for in the case of a tyrant (or any other politician) is wisdom.  Barring death (and who would wish for that? Morals aside, it would be stupid;  Joe Biden is Obama’s life insurance policy), we will have Obama for the next 4 years.  If God answers the prayer for wisdom, Obama turns from his evil path (yes, evil; “Thou shalt not steal”, and his program depends on doing just that) and becomes Ron Paul II. I’ll confess that I don’t have that much faith, but there must be at least one believer out of the Reason horde that supported Obama as the libertarian choice. If Saul could become Paul, Obama can become Paul too.

And if we’re praying for “Christian rulers”…we live in a democracy; we ARE the rulers, in theory. How about praying for the idiot electorate that has brought us here? How many Christians prayed before casting their vote? Just askin’…

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9 Responses to Praying for Obama

  1. kishnevi says:

    “That’s why I do not hesitate today in calling on godly Americans to pray that Barack Hussein Obama fail in his efforts to change our country from one anchored on self-governance and constitutional republicanism to one based on the raw and unlimited power of the central state”

    And what was he praying for under Bush, I wonder?

  2. rwp says:

    I stopped reading Farah long ago.

  3. jeffreyquick says:

    I read WND but not usually Farah, unless the heading indicates that he’s saying something so egregiously stupid that I have to check him out.

  4. Tom Jackson says:

    Perhaps my vision is not grand enough, but if the alleged party of limited government, the Republican Party, could not get rid of or at least sharply reduce the income tax, it may be a bit much to look to Obama to do so. At least he ought to be an improvement over Bush in foreign policy and civil liberties. Perhaps he won’t be much worse than Bush in economics.

  5. pastelmoon says:

    “In Wicca, they do spellwork for what they need, because when you start working for specific outcomes, they tend to be not what you really want, to backfire badly, and to involve subverting the free will of others. To pray for epic fail is to wish evil on another, and to wish chaos on the country.”

    Actually to be Wiccan means that you cannot break or bend the free will of another human being or living creature. And yes, Wiccans do work spells however I don’t know who told that the spells always backfire or do not work. Care to share your source on that?

  6. Scott Thong says:

    I have the opposite view – I believe Christians should pray for Obama, that he may be converted to Conservatism ;>

  7. jeffreyquick says:

    Scott — Agreed (only I’d say “libertarianism”…I’d gate to see O’s version of conservative “faith-based initiatives” given the church he spent 20 years in.)

    pastelmoon –“they tend … to backfire”. Nothing is ever always And “tend to be what not what you really want” implies that spells DO work; it’s just that overcontrol of outcomes blocks the Gods from delivering their best to you.. My source? 25 years in the Craft, including training in several traditions including being a 2nd Degree Traditional Gardnerian (only about 6 steps from Uncle Gerald). As for breaking or bending the will of another, what were those English witches doing saying “You cannot come” to Hitler, if not that? It’s ethically dubious in most cases, and usually involves heavy costs, but it CAN be done, esp. with the weak-willed.

  8. jeffreyquick says:

    rwp: I can’t do the “restraining vice and immorality” clause, but the rest is fine.

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