National terrorism in the name of Jesus-through prayer!

November 24, 2009

Sounds scary, right?

Well listen to this interview.

When I hear crap like this, it really makes me feel happy—not to mention morally superior—about not belonging to any sort of church.

Let’s consider some of the Christ-like musings of Pastor Wiley Drake, who preaches at First Southern Baptist Church in Buena Park, California.

Here is an excerpt of a conversation Pastor Drake had with Alan Colmes on his radio show earlier this year about the dear Pastor’s fervent prayers that President Obama die and that his children be fatherless and his wife be a widow.

“Are you praying for his death?” Colmes asked Drake, referring to President Obama.

“Yes,” Drake replied.

“So you’re praying for the death of the president of the United States?” Colmes asked.


“You would like for the president of the United States to die?” Colmes asked once more.

“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.”

As I’m in the middle of hurling my checkbook at the computer monitor, Colmes takes a call from a listener. The caller (rightly) observes that the pastor’s call to violence in the name of religion to support a political agenda is just terrorism.

To this, Pastor Drake replies: “No, I’m not a terrorism supporter, I’m a vengeance of God supporter.”

Really. Vengeance of God. How very Old Testament of you. And I’ll refrain from mentioning any analogy to “jihad” here.

Referring to the murder of Dr. George Tiller, Alan Colmes asked Pastor Drake if he “got what he wanted,” and Drake replied, “Well, I think so, and I think in the days ahead, we’ll see other imprecatory prayers answered.”

[For the record, “imprecatory prayers” are prayers for misfortune or death to befall someone, usually an evildoer or a backslider. Me? I usually pray for people to feel  better when they are sick. Or for folks to find comfort when they lose a loved one. Or that the world’s wackos stop spouting this incendiary bullshit with the intentions of provoking more senseless violence.]

Ugh. This is what irritates me the most. Pastor Drake claims to be the most righteous of them all, what with his relationship with Jesus Christ as his personal Lord and Savior, and he is exactly the one displaying the most un-Christ-like behavior. As hymn-belting accordionist Sister Virginia from my childhood church would have said, “Pastor Drake, that’s just not very Christian of you.”

It’s just gross. I grew up in a Pentecostal and Southern Baptist family, and this is still impossible to understand. Knowing that many in my family probably would swallow this guy’s message hook, line, and sinker without asking any questions or performing any critical analysis simply because the pastor names Jesus Christ makes me feel like throwing up.

Via Salon


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