The Naked Truth
White holy men either pray for Obama’s death or omit him from prayer altogether
Pastors Wiley Drake of First Southern Baptist Church, Buena Park, Calif. and Steven Anderson of the Faithful Word Baptist Church, Tempe, Ariz. made headlines by praying for President Barack Obama’s death. Going unnoticed has been the tendency of Christian holy men praying at public functions to omit the president altogether.
I listen when people pray. Prayer to me is an art form reflecting the tenor of the time and the true feelings of the one praying and those listening, especially if there “amens” echo certain lamentations. Therefore, I have been tuned into public prayers lately.
Oh, sure I am aware that some conservatives are asking right wingers to “pray” for the president to fail. Joseph Farah said on WorldNet Daily ” That's why I do not hesitate today in calling on godly Americans to pray that Barack Hussein Obama fails 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.”
The above is what is known as free speech. It comes from non-clergy. But Farah also says pointedly: “Many American Christians believe, as an article of faith, that we are to pray for the success of our leaders.”
A military chaplain giving the opening invocation at a recent function I attended was very thorough in asking God’s blessings upon every leader from mayor, governor, congressmen, and the U.S. Supreme Court but through commission or omission failed to mention the president. My first impression was that I was rushing to judgment. Then, came the benediction at the close of the event, another litany of blessings upon our leaders by name, except for the president of the United States of America. My suspicion mounted.
I attended not one but two recent high school football games involving Catholic schools and one big time college game in a span of two weeks where pregame invocations were given by white holy men. On all three occasions, they invoked God’s protection for our troops and blessings for our country but never asked for any blessings, protection or guidance for our president.
Now, I was really curious as to whether white holy men prayed for President Obama. I began observing televised church services, televangelists, and public events where prayers are prayed aloud.
I turned to my favorite white pastor Joel Osteen, the senior pastor for the Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas. It's America's largest congregation. His wife, Victoria Osteen, is the co-pastor there. .Joel Osteen on Obama as said to CNN’s Larry King: Well, I think he's doing a great job. I'm impressed with his skill, his calmness, his just strength under pressure. These are tough times for him.
“Let’s all say a prayer …for the safety of our President, he is our leader,” Rick Shaffer
Black folks? They are praying aloud in churches, public places, cybrspace, everywhere. Here is one prayer making its way around the email circuits.
We pray for optimum health, mental clarity and political prosperity for President Barrack Obama. We pray that what he lacks in political 'experience' you make up for with supernatural wisdom and power. We also pray that when his enemies come upon him they will stumble and fall; and that your love will fill his heart to the end that 'Your will' will be done through him.
We pray mightily for his protection. As we plead the Blood of Jesus over him and his family, we ask you to dispatch legions of angels to protect them from all hurt, harm, danger, and from all accidents and incidents as he is the newly elected President of these United States of America.
We thank and praise you for answering our sincere prayers in Jesus' Name, amen.
The Naked Truth: Americans are yet again divided along racial lines. This time it is publicly uttered prayer for and against the President of the United States of America. Some few white preachers are praying for his untimely demise. Others are omitting his name and position altogether from their prayers. African Americans and men and women of goodwill of all races, ethnicities and persuasions are praying for his protection and success in leading the nation back to prosperity and the world to peaceful coexistence.Back Home