Challenging Prayers By War Tolerant Christians

More people are waking up to war willing Christians who seem oblivious to the fate of fellow Christians in places like Iraq and Syria, as explained in this excellent article that appeared in lewrockwell.com [Ed.-TEC}

The Conservative Christian’s Perversion of Prayer

By Jim Fedako

If patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel, 1 Timothy 2:1-2 is the last refuge of a warmongering, conservative Christian.

In those verses, oft repeated in the fellowship halls of American churches, Paul instructs Timothy to pray for a Republican president, congress, and courts. And, most importantly, an overly strong military that will shine as the beacon from our city upon a hill.

That is the quintessential conservative Christian prayer – or so it seems at time.

However, the full passage from Paul’s powerful instruction reads much differently:

2 Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, 2 for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. NKJV

The last clause of verse 2 contains the reason for the prayer. Yet, those citing the passage typically gloss over it or drop it altogether.

We are not to mindlessly pray for our leaders. And we are not to pray for them to rule the world on our behalf. We are, instead, to pray for them to leave us alone in our Christian walk.

However, American Christians rarely take Paul’s instruction to heart, although the same is not true elsewhere in the world.

Christians have lived in the Levant from the time the Apostles began spreading the good news of Jesus Christ. They have persisted in that region despite oppression, war, etc. Nevertheless, for most of the region, Christianity and its good news may not survive the next four years.  And it will be American Christians, proudly calling themselves conservative, who are cheering its eradication.

When Bush lied about weapons of mass destruction and called for the support of American Christians, he, in the end, appealed to the god of democracy. And, once again, my fellow Christians pulled that idol from the fire and fell on their knees and worshiped. That their Christian brothers and sisters in Iraq would soon face the wrath of democracy meant nothing – not a word was mentioned. The US military would free them of Saddam Hussein and bless them with the right to vote. Salvation on earth.

Of course, my fellow Christians know the result. They also know that our Iraqi Christian brothers and sisters have suffered immensely due to war after war, as well as the overthrow of a leader who protected Christians and allowed them to, for the most part, lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. Yet most conservative Christians have not taken that to heart.

Nor have they taken this to heart as well: when they were praying through the first half of verse 2, the Christians in Iraq were finishing the full prayer. And it appeared that God had answered it – Saddam was leaving them alone.

Conservative Christians can throw up any objection they like. However, Paul was explicit in his instruction. He was not calling for prayers of politics or power. He was calling for prayers, seemingly mundane, for leaders to leave Christians alone in their faith. And we can assume Iraqi Christians followed his instruction and prayed the whole verse, reaping its reward, until the US military, cheered by American churches, arrived to evangelize a different god – democracy.

Certainly, Syria’s Assad is a vile man, as was Saddam. However, Assad also allowed, for the most part, Christians to lead quiet and peaceable lives in all godliness and reverence. Still, American Christians scoff at such silliness. Why pray to be left alone when you should be praying for military might and world domination?

So, today, American Christians arrogantly pray for the end to Christianity in the Levant. And not a silent end, but a vicious end once Assad falls and the allies of the US (including local franchises of Al Qaeda) deliver their rage and fury on what remains of Christianity in Syria.

The irony is the god of democracy will not rise in the land. And American Christians know it. Yet they will continue to support the foreign interventions of the state simply because they refuse to read to the end of 1 Timothy 2:2.

       

3 comments

tjoe
April 27th, 2017

You make a nasty judgement about Assad that I disagree with. I have watched two extensive interviews of him and followed events (not exhaustively). First he is western educated and his arguments are cogent, not threatening the USA or Israel, but defending his people, which happens to be secular, against radical ISIS extremists, terrorists, backed illegally by the US and Israel.

I don’t believe for a second that he used CW. The first time CW were alleged, the “good rebels” had them and this last, the ISIS stocks blew up when Assad hit the ISIS weapons depot with a conventional bomb.

As a Christian, I pray for Assad. And I challenge all of you to live the Proverb; While their hatred may be concealed by trickery, their wrongdoing will be exposed in public.

Tom Compton
April 28th, 2017

Please don’t assume that we at We Hold These Truths have made similar claims about Assad as the author, Jim Fedako. WHTT’s founder, Chuck Carlson, correctly pointed out in a 1994 article published in a national magazine, that Islam replaced the Soviet Union as America’s new enemy (“Attacking Islam Revisted”). The opinions in this article are those of the writer. The reason for posting this article is to demonstrate that others understand the war willingness nature of millions of Zionised American Christians who have been conditions to fear and even hate Muslims. To his credit Mr. Fedako points out that Christians living in Syria were able to live peaceably under Assad rule.

David Anglin
April 29th, 2017

I was going to post this on Facebook until I read the writer’s misinformed statement concerning Assad. I too, have seen his interviews. He is no devil. He didn’t even want to rule Syria until he basically had to. He is a leader of a secular nation which allows Christian faith to be practiced there. Some even say that he is a Christian!