Just before announcing his presidential candidacy, when asked about his popularity being greater around the country than in his home state, Rick Perry responded: “A prophet is generally not loved in their hometown. That’s both biblical and practical.” I imagine that Perry, in his own mind at least, while preparing to take to the national stage, was also comparing himself to Christ when Christ left Galilee to preach to the whole nation of Israel.
Back in April Rick famously called on the public to join him in a prayer for rain to help combat the Texas wildfires. Now, when a true prophet of God prays for rain, God hears and heeds the call. Consider Samuel: So Samuel called unto the LORD, and the LORD sent thunder and rain that day. 1 Samuel 12:18
There was no answer to Perry’s prayer, only more widespread fire.
Then on August 6, Perry and some of his ‘religious’ friends got together in Houston in ‘a call to prayer for a nation in crisis.’ It was called The Response, and was an event loaded with irony and hypocrisy. Eleven years ago many of these same men and women were on their knees fervently praying in the name of Christ for the election of the ‘Christian’ George Bush. Their prayers then were ‘answered,’ and along with a ‘Christian’ Bush/Cheney administration, they got unjust wars, oil spills, a ravaged economy and high unemployment. Now they’re unhappy with the result of their prayer ‘answered’ a decade ago, and want something else? God must be saying: “What exactly do you want from Me?”
The Response was also sacrilegious, in its shameless disregard of scripture. And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. Matthew 6:5
(Incidentally, that very same day, there was a large gathering of some Christians in Houston, a gathering which Perry helped necessitate.)
The sponsor of The Response was the American Family Association. Among the AFA’s stated objectives is deregulation of the oil industry. What a strange goal for a Christian organization--unless it is not really a Christian organization, but a political/business interest that calls itself Christian for the sake of image and influence and public relations, much like the putting of lipstick on a pig. Even Hitler attempted to co-opt the Church in his persecution of the Jews.
I’d also be very curious as to how Perry would interpret this scripture. And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that shouldest give reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and great; and shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth. Revelation 11:18
To destroy them which destroy the earth…if not the corporations that rip holes in the floor of the Gulf of Mexico, and poison its pristine waters while setting them on fire, then who? And how do you stand in line for a prophet’s reward while standing with the men and women whose promise is destruction? It is impossible that one receive both.
The answer is the truth, which is that Perry is a false prophet, and a self-proclaimed one at that. They have their reward.
For were he truly a prophet, would Perry really implement massive cuts in the education budget of a state which already hovers near last in the country in education, and do so to preserve and protect subsidies and tax breaks for the aforementioned oil companies, who already report absurdly huge profits? For the scriptures also say: But Jesus said unto her, Let the children first be filled, for it is not meet to take the children’s bread, and to cast it unto the dogs. Mark 7:27
Perry also cut the budget for volunteer firefighters by 75 percent, from 30 million to 7 million. While not accountable for all the fires spreading undeterred, the firefighters certainly would have prevented some of them, which thus far have destroyed five billion dollars in agriculture alone, while consuming five hundred homes and two human lives.
Pay close attention to the fires, Governor, for I daresay you shall taste of them again, and soon enough.
But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of the harvest I will say unto the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn. Matthew 13:29-30
Why True Christians Abhor Republicans -- Introduction
Part 1 -- The Boehner Letters
Part 2 -- Rick Perry And The Wrath Of God
Part 3 -- Mitt Romney's Truth Is Myth
Part 4 -- Michele Bachmann's Most Dangerous Lie
Part 5 -- Pat Robertson Is A Sodomite
Part 6 -- Paul Ryan's Antichrist Goddess
Part 7 -- Eric Cantor, Dead Man Walking