Monday, June 8, 2009

Imprecations Abounding

Some pray for healing, rescue, wisdom, the lifting of famines, or the cure for diseases, but Pastor Wiley Drake wants something very different. No, his mash notes to his favorite god beg for the deaths of those he dislikes:

“I think it’s appropriate to pray the Word of God,” Drake said ... "What I am doing is repeating what God is saying ... Colmes [Drake's interviewer] restated the question, “You would like the president of the United States to die?” Answered Drake, “If he does not turn to God and does not turn his life around, I am asking God to enforce imprecatory prayers that are throughout the Scripture that would cause him death, that’s correct.”
The trouble with attention-whoring god-bothering sociopathy is not so much predicting it -- Drake has made waves this way before -- as curbing its foreseeable effects in a context in which fanatical rhetoric is reaching demonstrably volatile audiences (cf. Wichita).

It's easy to condemn Drake as a despicable, hateful cretin; it's not so easy to do so without condemning the Bible. This is a problem for Christians.

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