Between The Lines

There’s a bumper sticker and now apparently T-shirts cropping up in certain parts of the country (oh, guess), encouraging people to pray for our president as he attempts to guide the nation. Good intentions, I suppose: “Pray for Obama – Psalm 109:8

As they say, let’s go to the text:

Psalm 109:8 (KJV)
Let his days be few; and let another take his office.
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.

On the other hand, it’s been my (anecdotal and totally unscientific) experience that the loudest thumpers and Jesus screamers are usually pretty illiterate when it comes to actually, y’know, reading the thing, so maybe this is just what it seems. Good wishes, yay.


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  1. Just read somewhere (and I’ve forgoteen already just where and who said it) that “the Church is a lot like a swimming pool. All the noise is coming from the shallow end.” The trouble with quoting verses is a lot like quoting anything else. It’s too easy to take them out of context and apply it to you own thinking. The trouble with simplifying everything to prayer being the answer is: a lot depends on just what you are praying. God doesn’t always make Notre Dame number one just because you request it…

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