Apparently, the organizers of Rick Perry’s The Response, the much touted but under-attended prayer rally held in Houston in August 2011, felt the need to respond multiple times, though hardly anyone noticed. Saturday, October 27, 2012, The Response comes to Kansas City. They’ve previously been to Iowa (December 2011) where “over two hundred” showed up, to South Carolina (January 2012) were a thousand people, including Rick Perry, showed up looking for as well as offering prayers, and to Florida (January 2012) where “hundreds gathered”.
And now right before Election Day we’re going to get to hear the same tired old messages again, the same shrill, ill-thought out pronouncements based not on calm reasoning but emotion, things like “The Body of Christ is responding to a call to prayer!” and “God’s church must be delivered!” and ”We repent for putting other things before you O God!”
Because you can’t put other things before God – things like the United States Constitution. This God of theirs gets particularly cross when you mention the Constitution.
Watch the video from TheResponseUSA.com:
TheResponseUSA.com puts it all on the table:
Pressing the gates of heaven to see justice and righteousness in America.
America’s issues are not primarily financial, political or moral. Neither does America’s hope lie in one leader or institution. Our hope is found in the One who desires for us to turn to Him with all our hearts. This is our response — to call on Jesus on behalf of America, that He might hear our cry and that we would see a revolution of righteousness in this country.
The Response is holding state-wide solemn assemblies to gather people from all ages, denominations and backgrounds in prayer and fasting on behalf of our nation. Join us in your state (either in person, or via our live online broadcast) as the church in America responds to the call to prayer.
In August 2011, The Response gathered 40,000 people in Houston, TX as well as 100,000 unique sites that joined via simulcast to respond to the trumpet call to prayer. Though Governor Rick Perry initiated The Response in Houston, these upcoming state-wide gatherings will not be affiliated with any particular presidential candidates. The Response is committed to prayer above politics, to seeing the church moved to stand for righteousness and to pray for God’s mercy for America.
State to state, city to city, we will not rest until we see a righteous revolution awaken the church.
This admission of futility ought to strike a chord: we’re not going to talk about politics or even the economy: we’re going to talk about God. We’re not going to either suggest or engage in any concerete solutions to put America back on its feet.
We’re going to pray.
As Charisma News reported of the Florida rally:
“We’re in a historic time where we know there isn’t going to be salvation in the next election,” The Response director Luis Cataldo told the Orlando crowd. “There isn’t going to be an economic policy that’s going to rescue us. We the church, in unity and in humility, are saying, ‘Lord, have mercy. Lord, we’re responding to the trumpet sound. But, Lord, You have to respond from heaven.'”
Luis Cataldo is from the the International House of Prayer, the other IHOP (“everything you hate about religion”), a group of false prophets very popular in extremist circles. Worse yet, from the Southern Poverty Law Center’s point of view, IHOP is big on Jesus waging war on his enemies on earth (why a God needs to do this is anyone’s guess). They quote a Christian watchdog group as saying, ”One can only wonder how long before this transforms into real warfare with actual warriors.”
From what we’ve seen I would guess it won’t be long.
At the South Carolina rally, Perry’s prayer was this:
“Lord this, this walk that we’re taking, the trials the tribulations, we, we would fall if you weren’t there to hold us up, and we need you daily. We need you hourly. We need you by the minute and the second of our lives to, to, to completely and absolutely surrender, surrender to you, surrender to your will.”
No, we don’t need surrender. We don’t need Jesus to take the wheel because Jesus probably doesn’t drive any better than his constituents and look what they did to our country.
Of course, The Response was a highly political event. Cataldo said in Iowa,
“We are just leveraging the political season,” he said. “We are just leveraging the eyes of the nation turning to Iowa. The storyline isn’t going to be about economics or policies. The storyline is going to be churches in Iowa in unity and starting fires all over the state.”
They are far to the right of anything embraced by mainstream Christianity, infested by Dominionists and their dubious doctrines. They say they want to awaken the Church but they’re more likely to terrify it. Indeed, many of IHOP’s most strident critics are conservative Christians themselves.
I left the Church in part because of people like this – and they were far less extreme. The infested the church I had attended all my life; the members had no option but to leave, to find new churches or to leave “God’s church” altogether, disillusioned and discourage, and the church council had no choice but to resign, the workings of democracy meaning less than nothing to those who, like the Blues Brothers, see themselves on a special mission from God.
The experiences of my old church have been repeated elsewhere. They will be repeated on a far larger scale in 2012 should the Republican Party, driven by an embrace of ideological purity not seen since the ’30s, win on Election Day.
Though touted as another in a long list of religious revivals in America, the Response, as Rachel Maddow showed us back in 2011, is a call to hard-core extremism. There is no roll call of bigots for KC available at this early date but we can rest assured they will be there. The AFA is behind The Response, after all, a hate group, and as it says in Matthew, ”by their fruits you shall know them.”
We’ve seen their fruits, and they’re rotten.
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Hrafnkell Haraldsson, a social liberal with leanings toward centrist politics has degrees in history and philosophy. His interests include, besides history and philosophy, human rights issues, freedom of choice, religion, and the precarious dichotomy of freedom of speech and intolerance. He brings a slightly different perspective to his writing, being that he is neither a follower of an Abrahamic faith nor an atheist but a polytheist, a modern-day Heathen who follows the customs and traditions of his Norse ancestors. He maintains his own blog, A Heathen’s Day, which deals with Heathen and Pagan matters, and Mos Maiorum Foundation www.mosmaiorum.org, dedicated to ethnic religion. He has also contributed to NewsJunkiePost, GodsOwnParty and Pagan+Politics.