A response

Lately, especially with the heated debate over the healthcare reform bill reaching a fever pitch, a lot of people have been tweeting things along the lines of “A Prayer for Obama. Psalms 109:8”. Psalms 109:8 states, “May his days be few; may another seize his position.”

What’s scary is the verse that immediately follows. Psalms 109:9 says, “May his children be orphans, and his wife a widow.”

Are the people gleefully tweeting and retweeting this psalm, or slapping a bumper sticker bearing it onto their cars praying that Barack Obama will not survive his Presidency? If one follows the logical progression, then it would appear as though they are.

To be honest, I doubt it seriously, but perhaps people should read the entire psalm, most notably the following verses. And then perhaps they’ll think twice about using scripture to justify their ill wishes upon others.

May that be the reward of my accusers from the Lord,
      of those who speak evil against my life.

Help me, O Lord my God!
      Save me according to your steadfast love.
Let them know that this is your hand;
      you, O Lord, have done it.
Let them come, but you will bless
      Let my assailants be put to shame;
      may your servant be glad.
May my accusers be clothed with dishonour;
      may they be wrapped in their own shame
      as in a mantle.
With my mouth I will give great thanks to the Lord;
      I will praise him in the midst of the throng.
For he stands at the right hand of the needy,
      to save them from those would would condemn
      them to death.

Psalms 109:20, 26-31

And then maybe they’ll read Psalms 112:9-10

They have distributed freely; they have given to the poor;
      their righteousness endures forever;
      their horn is exalted in honour.
The wicked see it and are angry;
      they gnash their teeth and melt away;
      the desire of the wicked comes to nothing.

One thing’s for sure … no matter how you feel about the healthcare reform bill (now law) in general, it has at least two excellent provisos which are a huge win, even if nothing else survives … those provisos being that insurance companies will no longer be allowed to discriminate against children with pre-existing conditions and that insurance companies will no longer be allowed to drop coverage if you become ill.

I defy anyone to say that’s bad for America and give me a coherent reason why.


  1. A-fucking-men. Under our current healthcare system, you better believe in Jesus, because God help you if you get sick and are not covered.

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