We were warned about Steven Anderson, pastor of Faithful Word Baptist Church in Phoenix.
Some two thousand years ago, Christ foretold: “many false prophets will rise, and shall deceive many.”
Anderson delivered a sermon yesterday, entitled “Why I Hate Barack Obama,” in which he declared that he is praying for the president’s death. “I hope it happens today,” he added, urging that his congregation join him in his decidedly ungodly prayer.
It so happens that one member of Anderson’s church is Christopher Broughton, who made national news earlier this month when he brought his AR-17 assault rifle to a rally outside the Phoenix Convention Center where President Obama was inside talking about health care.
Pastor Anderson insists that he does not condone killing. Yet, his sermon surely provided motivation for some misguided gunmen to take a shot at the president under the delusion that they were acting on behalf of God.
Indeed, there have been at least nice cases of anti-abortion murder since 1993, including the slaying this past May of Dr. George Tiller, who was gunned down at his church in Wichita, Kansas as he served as an usher.
There may be some deluded souls, deceived by latter day false prophets like Anderson, who believe that murdered abortion doctors, like Tiller, got what was coming to them, and that presidents they despise, like Mr. Obama, have premature death coming to them.
But those of us who are sane Christians, who oppose abortion, who disagree with many if not most of the president’s policies, are ever mindful of the scripture in which the Lord declares, “Vengeance is mine.”
We pray for those who provide abortion, rather than kill them. And we pray for our president’s well-being, rather than his death.