“MALEDICTION” AT THE REPUBLICAN CONVENTION

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Sparking civil wars and healing them are far different endeavors. Consider the opening day benediction by Pastor Mark Burns at the Republican National Convention. Here’s the prayer many have dubbed a “malediction:”

“Father God, in the name of Jesus, Lord, we’re so thankful for the life of Donald Trump. We’re thankful that you are guiding him, that you are giving him the words to unite this party, this country, that we together can defeat the liberal Democratic Party.” (See prayer on YouTube.)

Here’s My Take: Calling upon God to defeat “the enemy,” whether that enemy be Democrat or Republican (or Old Testament Midianites), is a time-honored tradition. It’s an act arising from fear not faith, however.

Consider the words of another Republican, Abraham Lincoln. In his second inaugural address during the waning days of the Civil War, President Lincoln said “It may seem strange that any man should dare ask a just God’s assistance … but let us judge not that we be not judged. The prayers of both (North and South) could not be answered …. The Almighty has His own purposes.”

When it comes to religion and politics, it’s not the dividing Marks but the healing Abes who have their fingers on the pulse of God.

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