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Billy Graham's Prayer...at age 90 [Posted by Ma Strong]
November 17, 2009
9:54 am
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Billy Graham's Prayer For Our Nation
A man with Father’s heart ...

'Heavenly Father, we come before you today to ask your forgiveness and to seek your direction and guidance. We know Your Word says, 'Woe to those who call evil good,' but that is exactly what we have done. We have lost our spiritual equilibrium and reversed our values. We have exploited the poor and called it the lottery. We have rewarded laziness and called it welfare.. We have killed our unborn and called it choice. We have shot abortionists and called it justifiable.

We have neglected to discipline our children and called it building self esteem. We have abused power and called it politics... We have coveted our neighbor's possessions and called it ambition.. We have polluted the air with profanity and pornography and called it freedom of expression.

We have ridiculed the time-honored values of our forefathers and called it enlightenment. Search us, Oh God, and know our hearts today; cleanse us from every sin and Set us free. Amen!'

Commentator Paul Harvey aired this prayer on his radio program, 'The Rest of the Story,' and received a larger response to this program than any other he has ever aired. With the Lord's help, may this prayer sweep over our nation and wholeheartedly become our desire so that we again can be called 'One nation under God..'

November 17, 2009
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And it is oh so right.

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November 18, 2009
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Wow - when did that air? It is wonderful!

November 18, 2009
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You know I respect you and that am fond of you Ma.

But I have to say I found only two really good things in his prayer.

"We have shot abortionists and called it justifiable."

"We have abused power and called it politics."

Good for you, Billy.

The abortion thing is questionable. NOBODY likes abortion, but I am a man and I don't think I am qualified or have the right to dictate a woman's choice in such a situation.

I'm sure that Jesus wouldn't approve of abortion, but I am not so sure about God's position on the matter.

The essay strikes me as a political speech masquerading as prayer and seems very disingenuous.

And some of it is absolutely contrary to the teachings of Jesus.

For now I will just address one of his offenses.

The most ignorant and offensive line was "We have rewarded laziness and called it welfare."

It is well known that the vast majority of the people in poverty are not in poverty because of "laziness."

My Mom was a single mother of three children for many years. She worked her ass off. But we were still poor as dirt. There were times when it was questionable if we would even have anything to eat besides a TV dinner on Christmas Day, much less be exchanging presents.

In 2004, Business Week reported that "the share of the workforce earning subpoverty pay is 24%."

That was about six and a half million Americans.

In 2004, about 24% of people in homeless shelters were employed.

So for Billy to say that poor people are lazy is totally abusive.

A major focus of Jesus' work was ministering to the poor. And he was all about being generous to them

Jesus said "If you would be perfect, go, sell what you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me."

Jesus said “If someone takes your coat give him also your shirt.”

For Billy Graham, a wealthy man, to suggest that Jesus would say that those of us who have had good fortune should feel that it is a sin to give to the poor is an abomination.

He published that "prayer" at age 90. I doubt that he retracted it, repented of it before he died.

If he actually made it to Heaven, I am sure Jesus had some words with him about it.

November 19, 2009
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It's official - Hell has frozen over. I agree with WD completely.

November 19, 2009
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Ma I have a lot of respect for you also but i agree with WD too on this one.

Those who are wealthy and have influence over others should be ashamed of preaching such nonsense.

Graham mentions abortion. Nothing about the wars that are fought over religious fanaticism, material gain, control over foreign territories, it's people AND the fact people who have a lifetime of connections are murdered for the above reasons.

An embryo or Zygote , that may be miscarried, becomes the focus of moral indignation.

Death is a fact. So ultimately any death would be for natural or humane reasons. Considering the living first. We don't live in a just humane world but one that continues to be governed by a very flawed spiritual mindset. One that creates as much harm as good.

Is this the best we can do?

As for values? There was a time when the church murdered people like me in droves or i would be marginalized to the point i couldn't make a decent living. Now people like Billy use mind control and this type of drivel to continue administering a hold on human stock.

November 22, 2009
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Hi Kroiks,

LOL! Literally, your comment has had me laughing out loud and filled with joy for days. Because you know me pretty well, have been mostly good to me and good for me and I have longed for Rapprochement with you.

You and I get along like...I dunno, Senators Bernie Sanders and Joe Lieberman? I am not sure which one of us is more like which Senator.

Okay, that was a really weak analogy. I used to be Joe-neutral, but lately I am really leaning towards hating Joe Lieberman's guts.

What I am getting at is...

Despite our political and philosophical differences and despite the fact that you and I exchanged strong language and mixed it up in several fracases, I think at the end of the day, you and I are "on the same team."

Maybe I didn't let you know it, but I have respected you and held my affection for you even during the times you were tearing me new orifices. I sometimes need new orifices torn, and I sometimes really ask for it. You had the calling and the tools to do the work.

Okay you were a teensy bit rough but you were also respectful during your work.

I respect your knowledge, your intelligence and your character.

I will now write my AAC letter of recommendation for you.

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