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In April 2011, Gov. Perry issued a Proclamation for Days of Prayer for Rain in Texas to combat the Texas drought. Then in August 2011, Perry led a Bible reading for 30,000 to 40,000 people at Reliant Stadium in Houston where he called on attendees to fast & pray for rain. Cynicism not aside, we now arrive at Sept 2012 when Perry is finally receiving recognition & acknowledgement for having "replenished our lakes and streams" with his heartfelt prayer in the face of mockery by the press (and folks like me).

The praise for Perry's prayer power came from former pastor and Christian fundamentalist Rick Scarborough at the end of a conference call for 40 Days to Save America.  

Scarborough said "the press was willing to mock the calling of the prayer and fasting but had failed to document that what everyone thought would take years to replenish our lakes and streams almost happened in three months. It began raining. This year, our farmers have had a record year of harvesting their hay*, and I take all that back to the courageous call of a governor of a state to the people to pray and fast and the fact that you led in that day.... Thank you for your leadership in our state."
My bad for having doubted the miraculousness that is Rick Perry.

(*For purposes of dramatization, we'll ignore that Scarborough made hay of the hay. We'll also pretend not to be aware of continued Texas drought and devastation.)

Although to be fair to Rick Perry, it has rained in Texas since April 2011.


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  •  who needs government with a jackpot god? (1+ / 0-)
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    Wealth theology has the idea that if you need money, all you do is pray to God, who is a sort of lottery who doles out largesse to True Believers.

    Checking out a recent online sermon, I noted a local minister touting the "historical record proving the virtual accuracy of the Gospels about the Resurrection"  Yep he was claiming that historical accounts and recent scientific discoveries prove the Resurrection of Jesus was literally true and absolutely provable. How do you talk to these people?    

    •  You don't. (1+ / 0-)
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      Yesterday's Gospel (Mark 9: 30-37) had two of the most important things that Jesus preached. The first is the discussion the apostles were having about who among them was the greatest.  Jesus told them that the last shall be first and the first, last.  (They were to be servant leaders.)  The second was "Taking the child in his arms, he said to them, 'Whoever welcomes one of these little children in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me does not welcome me but the one who sent me.'"

      The people who preach the prosperity "gospel" and individualism have obviously chosen to ignore, well, pretty much everything about Jesus.  If they've managed to turn the Gospels into a justification for their own greed and bigotry, there is nothing you can say to convince them of anything.

      -7.62, -7.28 "Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly." -Langston Hughes

      by luckylizard on Mon Sep 24, 2012 at 02:34:28 AM PDT

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      •  one other small observation is most people (1+ / 0-)
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        see Heaven as where their lives continue as it is on earth, only with no problems and prosperity for the faithful but they ignore the bit of scripture which says husband will not recognize wife nor will child recognize parent.  It seems in Heaven, earthly associations are expunged. It seems to indicate that we will be reabsorbed into the godhead and not retain our individual identities.

        However most Christians have some expectation of retaining their earthly identity though no scripture supports this view of the after life

        •  Heaven is (1+ / 0-)
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          the presence of G_d.  People can't quite get that that will be enough.  They look at the supernatural with earthly, temporal eyes and project their own idea of what would be "heavenly" onto something that is by nature unexplainable.

          -7.62, -7.28 "Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly." -Langston Hughes

          by luckylizard on Mon Sep 24, 2012 at 02:47:19 AM PDT

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          •  which is why their idea of heavenly architecture (1+ / 0-)
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            is odd; why would a non-corporeal body need things like Pearly Gates or streets of gold or buildings of alabaster.  As noted, many people's view of Heaven is an eternal extension of their earthly life, which is completely non-scriptural, either from the OT or the NT  

            •  I want my milk and honey. (1+ / 0-)
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              Especially, my Honey.

              You rarely find a story that says two stoners beat each other up outside of a bar.

              by jparnell on Mon Sep 24, 2012 at 04:48:35 AM PDT

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            •  They use the same kind of (0+ / 0-)

              temporal images/metaphors as those in Scripture.  They want it all to be true.  They want there to be a Garden of Eden and a Tower of Babel and the Walls of Jericho, etc., while they totally miss the lessons those images were meant to convey.  I'm sure they believe that Jesus really thought we were all dumb as sheep, too.  It never occurs to them to consider his audience or the realities of life in his times.  That kind of thinking drives me nuts - admittedly, that's a short trip for me.  :-)

              -7.62, -7.28 "Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly." -Langston Hughes

              by luckylizard on Mon Sep 24, 2012 at 05:56:31 AM PDT

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  •  I prayed for the sun to rise today (0+ / 0-)

    So, do I get all the credit for it?
    Come on, Gov Perry, back me up on this.

  •  When Ethiopia was faced with a major famine (0+ / 0-)

    between 1888-1892, Emperor Menelik II urged his people to pray for relief. 120 years later, Ethiopia is still plagued with famines on a regular basis.

    Governor Perry insists that prayer is still an effective solution for problems. Emperor Menelik's excuse is that he governed a land steeped in traditional thinking, a dysfunctional taxation system, & widespread illiteracy & ignorance.

    I hope I'm not wrong in assuming contemporary Texas is more advanced than Ethiopia circa 1890.

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