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Farah Explains His Prayer Rally. Again.

Since Joseph Farah came up with the idea of declaring Sept. 11 of this year a day of prayer and fasting, he’s been promoting it relentlessly. It’s not a very original idea, of course; there were at least a dozen such events last year alone. But he explains why he thinks this will actually do something.

It’s II Chronicles 7:14. Many of you probably know it by heart. But I want to take it apart for you because I believe it represents God’s very real, clear and one and only prescription for saving our country.

When I read this verse the first few hundred or thousand times, I somehow missed what it was saying. I thought that God’s words to Solomon were suggesting that the entire nation of Israel would need to repent and turn back to God before He would bless the nation and heal the land.

But that’s not what it says at all.

So let me walk through this verse with you: “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”

This is a promise as much to us as Christian believers living in America today as it was a promise by God to believers living in Israel at the time of the first Temple. Why? Because as believers in Yeshua the Messiah we are grafted into the promises of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob through His atoning sacrifice on the cross.

God is not waiting for all of America to repent. He’s not waiting for Barack Obama to call on His name and seek His face. He’s not waiting for the majority of Americans to turn back to Him to act and heal our land.

He’s waiting for His people who are called by His name to humble themselves and pray and seek His face and turn from our wicked ways. Then and only then will He hear our cries, forgive our sin and heal our land.

In other words, He is waiting to perform a miracle for us if we put all our faith in Him and not in our own worldly works.

And yet the organizers of every other day of prayer, many of which Farah participated in before, said the same thing. Why hasn’t it changed anything before? Why hasn’t God “heal[ed] our land”? Millions of Christians pray for this every single day, yet nothing ever happens. Are there just not enough people doing it? How many is enough?

And by the way, this idea of “seeking God’s face” is kind of ridiculous, not to mention anti-Biblical. In Exodus 33, God told Moses that no one could see his face and live.

And he said, Thou canst not see my face: for there shall no man see me, and live. And the LORD said, Behold, there is a place by me, and thou shalt stand upon a rock: And it shall come to pass, while my glory passeth by, that I will put thee in a clift of the rock, and will cover thee with my hand while I pass by: And I will take away mine hand, and thou shalt see my back parts: but my face shall not be seen.

Perhaps you should be seeking God’s ass instead; he seems willing to show you that.

Comments

  1. flybywire says

    So was Jacob not a man, or did he not see God’s face while wrestling with him? I’m confused.

  2. raven says

    IIRC, god ditched the humanoid body long ago. He has been steadily evolving since Genesis.

    These days he is a formless, invisible spirit hiding behind the Big Bang and looking at the Multiverse with some trepidation.

  3. raven says

    skepticannotatedbible.com:

    Luke 24:39
    For a spirit hath not flesh and bones.

    John 4:24
    God is a spirit.

    The OT god had a body that got less and less humanoid with time.

    At the time of the NT, he split into three beings, that trinity thing. Not sure how a trinity would occupy one body anyway. Do they time share or just divide it into thirds?

  4. says

    24 So Jacob was left alone, and a man wrestled with him till daybreak. 25 When the man saw that he could not overpower him, he touched the socket of Jacob’s hip so that his hip was wrenched as he wrestled with the man. 26 Then the man said, “Let me go, for it is daybreak.”

    But Jacob replied, “I will not let you go unless you bless me.”

    27 The man asked him, “What is your name?”

    “Jacob,” he answered.

    28 Then the man said, “Your name will no longer be Jacob, but Israel, because you have struggled with God and with humans and have overcome.”

    29 Jacob said, “Please tell me your name.”

    But he replied, “Why do you ask my name?” Then he blessed him there.

    30 So Jacob called the place Peniel, saying, “It is because I saw God face to face, and yet my life was spared.”

    There’s also one where Abraham is hanging out one day and Yhwh just happens to drop by his tent. He tells Abraham he’s heard some disturbing shit about Sodom, so he’s going down to check it out and if it’s true he’s going to open up a can or righteous whoopass on teh homos.

  5. says

    Since Joseph Farah came up with the idea of declaring Sept. 11 of this year a day of prayer and fasting, he’s been promoting it relentlessly.

    Let’s make Sept 11, “Say no to religion” day.

  6. MarcusC says

    @Raven, if god is now a formless spirit I hope its not the same one we keep killing in Star Trek episodes. That would be a bit embarrassing wouldn’t it.

  7. says

    God must be a horrible writer if you have to read a verse hundreds of times before you can understand what it says.

  8. lurker in a strange land says

    ‘and thou shalt see my back parts’ o.0 Oooookay.
    Don’t let the pearly gate hit you on the back parts when you leave.

  9. says

    Deen @ 8:

    God must be a horrible writer if you have to read a verse hundreds of times before you can understand what it says.

    Given that this is Farah we’re talking about, it is more likely* that god just gave him terrible reading comprehension.

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    * For values of “likely” in the range 1 out of 10^googleplex

  10. markr1957 says

    Not sure how a trinity would occupy one body anyway. Do they time share or just divide it into thirds?

    Way I heard it YHWH got the head and shoulders, Allah got the chest and abdomen and Jehovah got the arse and legs

  11. ArtK says

    Perhaps you should be seeking God’s ass instead; he seems willing to show you that.

    Well, if the fundies are right about God’s aim and timing when he tries to punish us evil-doers, the expression “I fart in your general direction,” accompanied by taunting gestures, seems appropriate.

    “If you allow gay marriage, I shall taunt you again, you stupid pig-dogs.”

  12. Pierce R. Butler says

    … my people, which are called by my name …

    So don’t bother knockin’, unless your name is Yahveh (or maybe Godfrey, Godwin, etc…).

  13. Nemo says

    Maybe He did heal the nation and bless the land, and people like Farah have just failed to recognize it. They probably should be more specific about what they expect God to do.

  14. grumpyoldfart says

    Farrah wrote:

    When I read this verse the first few hundred or thousand times, I somehow missed what it was saying.

    Typical Christian egotist engaging in one-up-manship.

    He’s saying, “You think you’re a good Christian; look at me, I’ve read the bible thousands of times – more than you ever could!”

    He’s also saying that only he knows how to interpret the bible correctly, “Bible verses have to be read thousands of times before they can be understood – and I have – but you haven’t – so there!”

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