Hans Luther wanted Martin to become a lawyer.
Martin cloistered himself: "Dear father, why were you so contrary to my becoming a monk? And perhaps you are not quite satisfied now. The life is so quiet and godly."
Martin explained that he had been called to the monastery by a voice from heaven out of a thundercloud.
Hans warned, "God grant it was not an apparition of the Devil."
Later, Martin renounced monasticism; cautioning the Devil disguises himself as an angel of light.
Jesus said, "The come in sheep's clothing; but inwardly are ravenous wolves."
Bob Dylan paraphrased, "The enemy I see wears a cloak of decency."
No, I'm not talking about mainline clergy in Genevan vestments.
O.K., I confess, a little...
Martin Luther King, Jr. is one of my heroes; and I'm saddened by how our ecclesiastical and uncivil culture has made him into some kind of secular saint divorced from the Biblical Christology which provoked his passion for all people coming together through Jesus.
Be that as it is, he dreamed on August 28, 1963 at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., "I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character."
I've always shared that dream; which is why I have zero tolerance for racists (see KD 10/30/08).
It's great to have someone other than a cracker in the, uh, White House.
However, I am concerned about his character; because his reconciling rhetoric is not consistent with his record.
I pray prophetic discernments are wrong.
I pray my suspicions are wrong.
I pray he's not as close to his nutty buddies as his record betrays.
I pray his minimal but way left voting record is not true to his character; and that once he's sworn in, he will swear allegiance to One greater than who his sycophants think he is.
I pray people will stop talking about the Left Behind series.
I pray the glazed and mesmerized masses that gathered last night in Chicago's Grant Park and from Malibu to Motown to Mecca, with even Jakes saying he is the chosen one, are right; and that he will change the country and world into conformity with something/Someone greater than himself.
Though the numbers don't really add up to a mandate and expose a severely divided nation, I pray he is who the clear majority claim he is: an agent of change who is bound to higher values than himself.
I pray we're not on the eve...
I pray, "Long may our land be bright with freedom's holy light! Protect us by Thy might, Great God, our King!"
I will pray His best graces for him.
I will pray he is most persuaded by His revelations of divine order in Jesus and Holy Scripture.
I agree with my litigious brother from Rockford, Illinois: "We all need to lift up BHO before our Lord as our President-elect (1 Timothy 2)."
I pray my friend from Washington, D.C. is wrong: "The USA and PCUSA are so alike...going straight to hell."
I pray an Ohio subscriber's sentiments are not symptomatic of greater schism: "How can the non-bias media call Pennsylvania for BHO just 2 minutes after the polls close with less than 1% of the vote in? How is it that when I am a Democrat, the country votes Republican; yet when I support the GOP, the Democrats win? Maybe the news media can simply ask who I am voting for and declare the other a winner. The last time I was this bummed about an election was when Reagan beat Carter."
I pray a St. Louis subscriber is right: "While I like you and you make me think about things that I don't want to think about, you have been so wrong about PBHO. We got who we wanted overwhelmingly! PBHO is going to change America and people around the world are going to like us now. Most people around America and the world are so happy. And when you finally realize how great he is, you'll jump on his wagon too."
Jesus, I pray we're not on the eve...
Blessings and Love!