The AFA Prays for God to Change Justices’ Minds Too

Following the lead of the Family Research Council, the American Family Association is also giving their followers pre-written prayers to recite asking God to change the minds of the Supreme Court justices and cause them to vote against marriage equality. Because Satan. Or something.

Heavenly Father, we freely confess as the people of the United States that we are a sinful people. We confess our many sexual sins, the sins of lust and pornography, of sexual immorality, of adultery, of unbiblical divorce, and of homosexuality. We confess that our sexual sins have led to the death of 56 million innocent babies while still in the womb.

We know these sins merit your wrath and your judgment. We tremble for our country when we reflect that you are a just God and your justice cannot sleep forever. We beg you to forgive us of our many sins, and cause a spirit of repentance and spiritual renewal to sweep across this land.

We plead with you not to hold our sins against us as the Supreme Court deliberates over the institution of marriage. We acknowledge that if sexual behavior which is an abomination in your sight is not just protected but celebrated by the highest court in our land it will inevitably bring your judgment upon our land…

Heavenly Father, we acknowledge that our battle is not against flesh and blood but against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. We know that Satan hates all that you are and stand for, and that the attack on marriage and the family comes ultimately from him.

We know he is a deceiver, a liar and the father of all lies, and we know that many in our culture have believed his lies about sexuality, including members of our Supreme Court. We pray that your Spirit will reveal to each of these justices every lie they have believed, whether that lie comes from the world, their own flesh, or the devil himself.

Wherever any of them have given you any access to their minds and hearts, we pray that your Spirit will take full advantage and speak to their souls with power and conviction. We pray in the name of Jesus that you by your mighty power will restrain the voice of the evil one, if only for a moment, so that in the supernatural quiet you create they may each hear your still small voice speaking truth to them and warning them of the consequences of ignoring your voice. Urge them, we pray, to honor you and the institution of marriage you have created for our own good.

But wait, why would God need to be convinced to “restrain the voice” of Satan? Isn’t Satan his arch-enemy. The only answer to that I could see is that God does not automatically prevent Satan from operating in the world because we have the free will to follow him or Satan if we want. But if that’s true, what is the point of praying to God to violate the free will of these specific people? This whole idea is so incoherent and nonsensical.

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  • cptdoom

    Heavenly Father, we freely confess as the people of the United States that we are a sinful people. We confess our many sexual sins, the sins of lust and pornography, of sexual immorality, of adultery, of unbiblical divorce, and of homosexuality.

    Funny how they neglected to mention the sins of blasphemy and heresy, which, according to my old church, everyone at the AFA embraces as their immoral “lifestyle choice.” Perhaps because they’re actually proud of those sins and want them to be celebrated in “religious freedom” laws? No, it couldn’t be.

  • abb3w

    I do wonder about what the function of these sorts of “pray the same thing” mailings. The nominal purpose — effecting divine intervention via prayer — seems obviously unlikely to succeed. I suspect the actual function is more toward triggering conformity in thinking; reading in a prayerful/meditative/whatnot state of mind may (figuratively) enable access to PROM re-programming capabilities for the brain.

    Alas, almost all I know about neurobiology comes from Wikipedia and random hits in Google Scholar. However, this seems like something that a clever non-theist might be able to hijack to increase chance of persuasion or even deconversions.

  • Chiroptera

    …and we know that many in our culture have believed his lies about sexuality….

    Technically, when someone tells you to shut the hell up and mind your own business, that’s not a lie.

  • theguy

    ” We confess our many sexual sins”

    Notice they didn’t mention rape. Kinda suspicious?

    “death of 56 million innocent babies while still in the womb.”

    Don’t look at us (liberals). We know how to use condoms. The fundamentalists have as many abortions as anybody else.

    “We tremble for our country when we reflect that you are a just God”

    Translation: We hope you kill and torture the people we hate.

    “and your justice cannot sleep forever”

    God sure as fuck can torture forever for finite sins.

    “and that the attack on marriage and the family comes ultimately from him.”

    The only “attack on marriage” I see comes from fundamentalist hypocrites blocking gay people from simply living their lives.

    “We know he is a deceiver, a liar and the father of all lies”

    But enough about your spokesman Fischer.

    “believed his lies about sexuality”

    Seriously? You people call gay people pedophiles and complain about lies? Your organization needs lies to survive.

    “warning them of the consequences of ignoring your voice.”

    Their god’s going to: Murder, torture, murder, torture, murder, and I believe I left out torture.

  • Michael Heath

    The AFA:

    We tremble for our country when we reflect that you are a just God

    ‘Just’? Another conservative Christian group incapable of confronting even their own holy dogma.

    I think they’re also going to Hell since they failed to capitalize the ‘you’.

  • D. C. Sessions

    “death of 56 million innocent babies while still in the womb.”

    Don’t look at us (liberals). We know how to use condoms. The fundamentalists have as many abortions as anybody else.

    You don’t understand. It’s a right-wrong thing, so the abortions that fundies themselves have are cancelled out by the abortions that they stop others from having. That’s why they get so frantic to make sure that there are lots and lots of unwanted pregnancies.

  • grumpyoldfart

    FRC and AFA know quite well that the prayers won’t work. It’s just another way of getting the flock excited. Letting them think that they are right up at the top of the heap, taking part, and making decisions with the board members. Once flock members are thinking that way, they tend to donate even larger than usual sums of money to the cause.

    If they are left out of the decision making process they feel like their donations are going to “them” up at the top. The members of the flock feel resentful and donate the smallest amount they think they can get away with.

    But once they have joined the prayer ring there is no “them” anymore. It becomes a case of “we’re all in this together” and everyone must do their bit and pay their way – by donating until it hurts.

    Meanwhile the board members sit in their office looking at the upward spike in the donations graph and they laugh and laugh and laugh.

  • Crudely Wrott, lurching towards recrudescence

    That is not a prayer. Prayers are properly delivered in secret and from the tremblings of one’s own heart.

    What this is instead is a veritable symphony of dog whistles scored to incite the faithful to yipping and howling in unison; to whip them into a danse macabre of jerking, jigging and leaping, slinging snot and feverous invective until reaching a deafening climax of certitude and self aggrandizing piety.

    Also reaching for their checkbooks . . .

  • sigurd jorsalfar

    Heavenly Father, we freely confess as the people of the United States that we are a sinful people. We confess our many sexual sins, the sins of lust and pornography, of sexual immorality, of adultery, of unbiblical divorce, and of homosexuality. We confess that our sexual sins have led to the death of 56 million innocent babies while still in the womb.

    Does it work when you confess the sins of other people? Because let’s face it he doesn’t really mean this as a confession. He means it as a pointing of the finger at liberals.

  • http://helives.blogspot.com heddle

    Crudely Wrott,

    Prayers are properly delivered in secret and from the tremblings of one’s own heart.

    There is no such rule, and plenty of counter-examples in the NT of the apostles and Jesus praying in public. The oft-quoted Matthew 6 is in the context of “do not pray like the hypocrites”, i.e., for public stature and recognition.

    I’m simply pointing out there is no blanket rule against praying in public. OTOH I don’t think there are many circumstances in which it is necessary or advisable. I personally do not like prayers at public events and (in most cases) choose not to bow or participate.

  • jws1

    “Do not pray like the hypocrites” sounds like a blanket rule to me. Also since Jesus is superior to his sheep, doesn’t that mean that he can do stuff that they can’t? You know, like judge others….

  • http://helives.blogspot.com heddle

    jws1,

    “Do not pray like the hypocrites” sounds like a blanket rule to me. Also since Jesus is superior to his sheep, doesn’t that mean that he can do stuff that they can’t? You know, like judge others….

    Well, you’re wrong across the board. It is not a blanket rule. It is a rule against praying like the hypocrites. And Jesus may not do what others also may not. If he sinned, then he couldn’t save himself let alone anyone else. And, you know, like judging– we are instructed to judge (do not give to dogs what is holy, do not cast pearls, you will know them by their fruit, etc.) and there our plenty of concrete examples–e.g., Paul judging the man in the church at Corinth who was unrepentant about sleeping with his step-mother, and having him excommunicated. It is pretty hard to endorse the practice of excommunication if you simultaneously cannot judge.

    Not to mention that the apostles also prayed in public on numerous occasions. (Paul, something like 30-40 times)

  • jws1

    How could Jesus, aka God, possibly sin? All his actions, by definition, are good because he did it.

    “It is pretty hard to endorse the practice of excommunication if you simultaneously cannot judge.” That’s right; it is pretty incoherent babble.

  • http://helives.blogspot.com heddle

    jws1,

    How could Jesus, aka God, possibly sin?

    Oh what a vexing conundrum that one is!! If only Augustine or Aquinas or Calvin could bail me out!

    that’s right; it is pretty incoherent babble.

    Sorry I was mistaken. I thought I was dealing with someone with a brain. But no, it is the low-brow hair-trigger “I don’t like your counter-arguments so I’ll just vomit out that the bible can say anything” charge. And I’ll use babble instead of bible because it is oh-so-novel-and-clever!!

  • http://motherwell.livejournal.com/ Raging Bee

    But no, it is the low-brow hair-trigger “I don’t like your counter-arguments so I’ll just vomit out that the bible can say anything” charge.

    Well, yeah, the Bible CAN say anything, depending on which verses you quote and which you ignore. This is pretty obvious to anyone who has spent any time listening to “spiritual leaders” speed-citing chapter-and-verse to support whatever message they’re trying to get out. This has been pretty damn obvious for quite some time (as in, longer than America has existed), and you know it too, heddle — which is probably why you’re getting so obviously defensive here.

  • http://motherwell.livejournal.com/ Raging Bee

    Heavenly Father, we freely confess as the people of the United States that we are a sinful people. We confess our many sexual sins…

    Hmmm…not so free about confessing their political and economic sins? Remind me again which kind of sin harms more innocent people?

  • Michael Heath

    Raging Bee writes:

    Well, yeah, the Bible CAN say anything, depending on which verses you quote and which you ignore. This is pretty obvious to anyone who has spent any time listening to “spiritual leaders” speed-citing chapter-and-verse to support whatever message they’re trying to get out.

    I figured this out prior to reaching the age of 10. And I’m confident I was not, and am not, any sort of a whizkid.

    The first issue I raised in Sunday School, I was probably around 8 or 9, was the two different stories regarding the death of Judas. I was amazed watching all the gesticulations to reconcile the competing narratives. I now understand such aberrant behavior is what happens to people attempting to rid themselves of cognitive dissonance.

    It is possible to kind of reconcile these two stories, but that misses the far more important point I’ve yet to see any biblical inerrantist have the courage to confront. And that’s the point that while our immortal souls are supposedly at stake, the god of the Bible is repeatedly unable to communicate clearly and coherently, let alone validate the veracity of his premises – in fact many of those have long been falsified. Where it’s not all that difficult for millions of mere humans to near-effortlessly meet and exceed the biblical god’s communication skills.