One of my good friends here in Florida is a young media expert who keeps telling me that I should post more of my writings to my blog instead of constantly writing to a ring of five or six friends with my most imaginative ideas. His rationale is that a blog that goes viral is a valuable commodity. At first, I doubted that most people are ready for my ideas in their raw form, but now I think he may be right. At the very least, I will get some attention.
I found out today that my most read read blog post so far for the month of September is my recent entry about Sarah Palin, in which I suggest that (even though I may end up supporting The Constitution Party once again) I am secretly (now not so secretly) praying that McCain/Palin beats Obama/Biden. Then when McCain wins, we ought to pray for McCain’s true conversion making use of imprecatory prayer.
I must be doing something right when PZ Myers calls me a kook.
See: Pharyngula Blog
Myers, if you remember, was the outspoken atheist featured in Expelled the movie.
As an atheist, he thinks that imprecatory prayer is hateful and outrageous. Of course, he gets the intent wrong: I want God to bless the president (whoever he is) if he does right in the eyes of God, and curse him if he disobeys God’s law. It’s the prayer of David for King Saul in about a dozen or two Psalms.
(Note: Although David’s Psalms were used of God to bring about Saul’s death, David loved Saul and wanted to see his true conversion.)
PZ didn’t read our imprecatory prayer articles.
But due to PZ’s blog entry I’ve gotten a lot of notice as an example of an extremist right wing Christian hate-monger.
He even throws in a Mr. Rogers’ joke. It’s very funny actually. Ironic. If PZ only knew the how mild-mannered and congenial I am with my high school students. I am Mr Rogers!
The idea of course, is that every political battle, every war, is also a spiritual battle when it involves God’s people. Justice is written into every atom of the universe. There is a war going on, a spiritual revolution. There is no neutral ground on which to stand. And judgment at the moment of our death is inescapable.
So I need your advice.
My next entry on Sarah Palin vs. Obama/Biden may be called:
“Deborah vs. Sisera: the stars fought in their courses”– or –
“The First Blast of the Trumpet Against the Monstrous Regiment of Girly Men”
(I won’t explain this last one now. Just read the John Knox article here.)
Which do you like better?
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The title of this book is a misnomer. In reality, I am not trying to get anyone to shut up, but rather to provoke a discussion. This book is a warning about the philosophy of “Christian postmodernism” and the threat that it poses not only to Christian orthodoxy, but to the peace and prosperity our culture as well. The purpose is to equip the reader with some basic principles that can be used to refute their arguments.
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