Posted by: Lisa Pampuch | June 13, 2009

Prayers that ego and hate produce

Rev. Wiley Drake, who made a name for himself by praying for the deaths and persecution of officials of the group Americans United for Separation of Church and State (because they complained to the IRS after Drake endorsed Mike Huckabee on his church’s letterhead), is back at it. Now Drake, pastor of the First Southern Baptist Church of Buena Park, California, is praying for the death of President Barack Obama, the Associated Baptist Press reports:

“You would like for the president of the United States to die?” [Fox News Radio host Alan] 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.”

This is so unchristian, so unpatriotic that words fail me. So I’ll let Cary McMullen of Lakeland, Florida’s Ledger speak instead:

What [Drake] thinks of as following biblical example shows a true misunderstanding of imprecatory prayer. He assumes that his cause is God’s cause, and that is the very definition not of a gadfly but of a fanatic. As Colmes intuited, expect to see the Secret Service pay a visit to Drake.

It reminds me of Rev. Arnold Conrad, past pastor of the Grace Evangelical Free Church, who delivered a prayer at a John McCain rally and took the opportunity to give God advice that dismissed all other religions and political viewpoints: It takes a hell of a lot of ego and hate to pray these kinds of prayers.

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  1. Drake has long gone off the deep end. He uses his pulpit for his own personal agendas. Such as “boycotting Disneyland” for employing gays…..and his latest escapade, trying to prove that the President is an “illegal alien”. Drake seems to suffer from a mental illness named “narcissistic personality disorder”. People who suffer from this illness have symptoms such as delusions of grandeur. He seems to believe that acting like an insane person will get him fame. But he is only making a spectacle of himself. I feel sorry for his family. He has become an embarrassment to the FSBC. Maybe at one time his ideas about helping the homeless were positive and helpful. But he has turned his pulpit into a circus. His church services are no longer religious, but more political. And some people have been thrown out of the church physically for dissenting out loud. And there are a lot of O.C. citizens who dissent over his insane beliefs. If he’d use his position for the good of mankind, instead of for his own personal agendas, he night be doing a service to Orange County. But he isn’t. He should go back to Arkansas where his racism and hick ways are accepted. Because most of the citizens in O.C. think he is crazy and needs to be institutionalized.


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