According to a report in the Associated Baptist Press, pastor Wiley Drake, one of the plaintiffs in the Barnett v. Obama lawsuit in California federal court, has stopped praying for Obama’s death. They wrote:
Wiley Drake, pastor of First Southern Baptist Church in Buena Park, Calif., issued a press release Nov. 19 calling for an end to “imprecatory prayer” — words of judgment from the Book of Psalms prayed back to God, directed toward Obama.
Drake said he is now “calling for all of God’s people and prayer warriors to cease the imprecatory prayer, and pray for Mr. Obama’s protection until he can be properly tried for treason.”
Imprecatory prayer is an attempt to invoke God to “curse” someone, akin to the voodoo doll or the Curse of the Pharaohs directed against Egyptian tomb robbers.
It appears that it was not the Christian principle of love of neighbor that motivated the change of heart in Pastor Drake, but rather the story from Hebrew scriptures of the “handwriting on the wall”. After being visited by the Department of Homeland Security, Pastor James D. Manning of New York did a 180-degree reversal in his calls for the death of Barack “the long legged mack daddy” Obama, and it appears that Drake got the message. Writes the Baptist Press:
Drake attributed his change of heart to “spiritual counsel” of James David Manning, pastor at ATLAH World Missionary Church in New York, contained in a 16 1/2-minute video recorded Nov. 18.
“I have asked men everywhere please do you no harm,” Manning said in remarks he addressed to “Barack Hussein the long-legged mack daddy Obama.” According to the Merriam-Webster online dictionary, “mack daddy” is slang for a slick womanizer or conspicuously successful pimp.
[I was a Baptist for many years, and I never heard of anyone praying for the harm of another human being. Drake represents Baptists no more than Obama denialists represent the country in general. Martin Luther included the following in a hymn he wrote: “Give to our Prince and all [political] authorities peace and good government that we under them may live a calm in quiet life in all blessedness and modesty.”]