>Here is the prayer of someone praying for Jim DeMint, the Republican Senator from South Carolina:
“. . .God, . . . I need You to smite this character Jim DeMint (R-SC).
. . .
That’s why I’m hoping You’ll listen to this one prayer and smite this man. I’m not asking for much. Just a little gay scandal. Perhaps he could be caught with another man like Rekers? Or maybe a mistress like South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford? Or a very expensive sex worker like Eliot Spitzer?
Really, God, it could be anything at all that would make the hypocrisy and hate of this man evident to everyone. A kinda the Emperor Has No Clothes moment. Maybe he could caught streaking, God? We have never really had that scandal and I suppose the “family values” but secretly gay is getting kinda cliche. But God, when DeMint takes his clothes off, can it be somewhere really public so someone can catch it on their phone and send it to the press and if it were like at a national monument or something so the press could talk about his desecration of all that Americans hold sacred?
Because God, really, things are getting quite grim and hopeless down here. And we need a scandal.
There are many reasons why this person is asking God to strike Jim DeMint, most of them deal with gay marriage and homosexuality. You can read the reasons here.
However, I can guarantee that this is not the kind of prayer God answers. This is a type of prayer that comes from a hateful heart, a prayer requesting that evil be done against a human being.
In the Hebrew Bible, when God spoke to Israel through the prophet Jeremiah, God’s words contradict every thing this person is asking in prayer. The Lord said:
“‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart”
You may not agree with the politics of Jim DeMint, but there is no reason for anyone to pray such a vindictive prayer. May the Lord never answer this prayer.
Professor of Old Testament
Northern Baptist Seminary
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