pray for our leaders
Source Jim Devine
Date 03/03/31/22:59

Matt Bivens ( writes:

Before this Administration came along, it was hard to imagine that something
as intensely personal and private as a man's prayer before going into battle
could be appropriated in a business-like fashion. Now, according to " A
Christian's Duty in Time
of War" -- a pamphlet given out to thousands of Marines in Iraq -- our
soldiers in the war zone are supposed to fill out a form pledging to pray
every day for George
Bush. The pamphlet has a tear-out section which the soldier is to sign and
mail to the president: "I have committed to pray for you, your family, your
staff ..." The pamphlets were created by In Touch Ministries
, an evangelical group that says "We may not all be
in the military, but we are all engaged in warfare ... spiritual warfare."

Today's prayer: "Pray that the President and his advisers will be strong and
courageous to do what is right regardless of critics." (Translation: Pray
that, even if all agree this war is a horrific catastrophe, even if Congress
leaps to its feet in anger and despair, even if millions of Americans pour
into the streets begging to bring you home -- even then, pray that the
president will wave aside his critics and order you forward.)

Wednesday's: "Pray that the President and his advisers will be safe,
healthy, well-rested and free from fear." (Well-rested?)

Friday's prayer cuts to the chase: "Pray that the President and his advisers
will recognize their divine appointment ..." It includes some helpfully
illuminating scripture, Romans 13:1: "Every person is to be in subjugation
to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and
those which exist are established by God."

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