“Dear Friends,

We feel a great weight of responsibility to communicate with you in regards to the elections and the McCain-Palin prophecy.

At this moment we are truly in a state of shock and disbelief at the outcome of this election, as we completely believed we had heard clearly from God on this or we never would have shared it. As a ministry, we are setting time aside to pray and seek God’s counsel.

We know that Obama has not yet been sworn in, and it is possible that things could happen or be exposed to change the ultimate outcome. But, at the same time it is possible that he will be sworn in, and if so, that leaves us with an inaccurate prophecy about the outcome of this election.

We are seeking God for understanding in all this.

If in the end this prophecy does prove to be inaccurate…Then we sincerely ask God for his forgiveness, for our weak use of his power and for bringing any reproach to His name. And secondly, with brokenness, sincerity and humility, we ask that you would forgive us if in any way we gave you false hope.

Humbly in Christ,
(Names Withheld)”

This is a real letter that was recently brought to my attention.  Though the attempt at accountablity is commendable, the letter is also troubling in it’s clinging expectation of possible fulfillment, “Obama has not yet been sworn in, and it is possible that things could happen or be exposed to change the ultimate outcome. But, at the same time it is possible that he will be sworn in…”.

Over the last several weeks I have personally heard several “prophetic words” and emails regarding the election.  Reports and declarations that were supposedly from God.  Words that proclaimed that Huckabee was God’s choice for President (soon he was out of the race).  Several words that spoke of rescue or leadership that would pave the way for the conservative party to take office (3 or 4 days later, former Secretary of State Gen. Colin Powell endorsed Obama).  Numerous prophetic words about Sarah Palin taking office and ushering in spiritual political revival paving the way for God’s prophets and apostles to take over the White House (Dominionist theology).  Don’t get me wrong, I’m a continualist who believes that the gifts of the Spirit are for today, and very much needed!  Nevertheless, something is terribly wrong here!  Once again, so called prophets have misrepresented God and His gifts, and on the public stage.  Some of these people may be sincere but over-zealous, or young, ambitious, and pematurely “sent” (or have run with their own message though God did not send them).  Others are as phoney as a three dollar bill.  Most are simply sincere christians who are so emotionally invested in the political system, that they have become deluded in their thinking, and if you sprinkle in a pinch of bad theology and a dash of vain imagination, you end up with a crazy blend of nutty-tasting prophetic talk soup.  

I’m new at this blogging thing, and beleive me it was never my intention to talk so much about politics.  It’s neither an interest nor strength of mine.  This is, however, also about culture, the Body of Christ, leadership and hearing God’s voice, and in this case the role it plays in group dynamics and in promoting “GroupThink” (not a good thing), a theme I will be posting on in the weeks ahead, so stay tuned.  For now, I’ll leave you with this clip from The Local Pastor Channel

Roc

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