Imprecatory Prayer

Imprecatory Prayer is simply when one prays to their God(s) that their enemies be cursed.

Imprecatory Prayer has been at or near the forefront of the Liberal MSM of late. This is because people are making imprecatory prayers to the Christians’ God about President Obama and this scares and outrages President Obama’s followers.

The particular imprecation that has President Obama’s followers outraged is Psalms 109:8

Let his days be few; and let another take his office.

— Psalms 109:8, the Bible( KJV)

President Obama’s followers, the Liberals in general, and the Godless have been much enraged by this carefully “cherry picked” verse of the Bible. They’ve been quite quick to point out that it is not necessarily just a prayer for President Obama’s removal from office, but also a call for his utter destruction. The verses of Psalm 109 that follow the one commonly depicted bear out their claim.

Let his children be fatherless, and his wife a widow.

Let his children be continually vagabonds, and beg: let them seek their bread also out of their desolate places.

Let the extortioner catch all that he hath; and let the strangers spoil his labor.

Let there be none to extend mercy unto him: neither let there be any to favor his fatherless children.

Let his posterity be cut off; and in the generation following let their name be blotted out.

Let the iniquity of his fathers be remembered with the LORD; and let not the sin of his mother be blotted out.

Let them be before the LORD continually, that he may cut off the memory of them from the earth.

— Psalms 109:9-15, the Bible( KJV)

Of a certainty this is a harsh curse to pray for and wish upon President Obama and the scions of his blood. Is it anything more than Obama deserves? I would say not, but I’m not sanguine about wishing that much harm upon his children who have done no wrong.

I do, however, find it ironically amusing that Obama followers and the Liberals in general are bothered by such things. They are, by and large, Godless – accept for their quasi-worship of Obama – and supposedly place no credence in the efficacy of prayer. Why should they be concerned about people praying to a God – one that they mostly don’t believe in – to curse Obama and his kin?

A Christian Conceit

A large part of my amusement with this whole thing stems from the fact that imprecatory prayer is a Christian conceit. I’m Pagan and – despite the odd fears of many Christians – I can’t picture my getting my desired response were I to pray to my Goddess (Morrigu) or God (Cernunnos) for them to destroy a mortal enemy of mine and my kin.

Both Morrigu and Cernunnos would be either saddened, angered, or both by receiving such a prayer. Have they not already granted me clearness of sight and strength of arm with which I might defend myself and those whose welfare I am charged with?

This would be far closer to my prayer than Psalm 109:

Wind’s four quarters, air and fire
Earth and water, hear my desire,
Grant my plea who stands alone,
Maiden, Warrior, Mother and Crone

Eastern Wind, blow clear blow clean
Cleanse my body of its pain
Cleanse my mind of what I’ve seen
Cleanse my honor of its stain
Maid whose love has never ceased
Bring me healing from the east

Southern wind, blow hot blow hard
Fan my courage to a flame
Southern wind be guide and guard
Add your bravery to my name
Let my will and yours be twinned
Warrior of the southern wind

Western wind blow stark, blow strong
Grant me arm and mind of steel
On a road both hard and long
Mother, hear me where I kneel
Let no weakness on my quest
Hinder me, wind of the west

Northern wind, blow cruel blow cold
Sheathe my aching heart in ice
Armor round my soul enfold
Crone, I need not call you twice
To my foes bring the cold of death
Chill me north wind’s frozen breath!

No; this imprecatory prayer is solely a Christian conceit, one that I think stems from their belief in their own weakness and lack of worth. They prefer to place everything, even their petty material concerns, “in God’s hands” rather than accepting that, within this mortal realm they are their God’s hands.

Related Reading:

The Three Languages of Politics: Talking Across the Political Divides
A Prayer for Owen Meany: A Novel
The Story of Christianity, Vol. 1: The Early Church to the Dawn of the Reformation
The Battle Plan for Prayer: From Basic Training to Targeted Strategies
The Liberal Redneck Manifesto: Draggin' Dixie Outta the Dark

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3 Responses to “Imprecatory Prayer”

  1. zhann Says:

    Personally, I could care less what the religious do to get their kicks, but I’m a godless heathen. Of course, it is hard to ignore the irony of those that claim to worship Jesus, the man who preaches love thy neighbor and turn the other cheek. But, lets be honest, Christians could care less about Christ’s teachings, the majority have been cherry picking verses for millenia now, hence the endless rifts in the church. Lets be honest, the only people truly more godless than the atheists are the hypocritical Christians.

    Speaking of the other cheek, or rather the other foot, I strictly remember how the conservatives were down my throat when I was speaking out against Bush. Of course, I never openly stated that I would like him dead (even though there were times when it crossed my mind), but the reactions I got were quite intense. Most notably was the reaction that if you don’t follow the president you are an enemy of America. Hmm, makes you wonder, doesn’t it? Do you think that religious hypocrisy simply rubs off into the Christians every day life, or are hypocrites simply more likely to be Christians?

    … sorry for the rough post, its been a rough weekend.

  2. jonolan Says:

    Hypocrisy runs rampant in ANY group that publicly holds to a strict doctrine that requires sacrificing the venal for the sublime or ethereal. Just look at Al Gore or the Copenhagen talks “carbon debt” in the context of Global Warming for a somewhat more secular example…Or certain members of GOP who weren’t so dead-set against homosexuality behind supposedly closed doors. 😉

    And don’t worry about the “rough” post. You should know by now that this blog is a free-for-all and that I’m hard to seriously offend – though I do tend to respond with the same level of vitriol that I receive.

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