Prayer Warriors?

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Sat, 09-04-2010 - 4:24am

In the course of reading a Vanity Fair article about Sarah Palin, I came across this term. The passage below reminded me of previous discussion here about secularism. Is anyone here familiar with the idea of "Prayer Warriors" and Domionist theology?

"The term “prayer warrior” describes a person who offers a specific kind of supplication: asking God to direct an unseen battle between forces of light and darkness—literal angels and demons—that some Christians believe is occurring all around us. A leading member of Wasilla’s Church on the Rock, the non-denominational evangelical congregation where Palin sometimes attends worship, confirmed this understanding of the term. When Palin thanks prayer warriors for keeping her covered, she is thanking them for calling on angels to shield her from demonic attacks.

On the night of the vice-presidential debate with Joe Biden, Palin received an e-mail marked “URGENT … Urgent for Sarah to read … ” The e-mail came from pastor Lou Engle, a prominent right-wing activist who identifies himself as a prayer warrior and is a central figure in dominionist theology. (Dominionists believe that, until Jesus Christ returns to earth, society should be governed exclusively by God’s law as revealed through a literal reading of Scripture.)

In the e-mail, Engle compared Palin to the biblical Queen Esther. ���This is an Esther moment in your life,” he wrote. “Esther hid her identity until Mordecai challenged her to risk everything for such a time as this. Your identity is ‘Sarah Barracuda.’ Esther removed corruption from the Persian government and Haman fell. She didn’t have experience, she had grace and favor. Sarah, don’t hide your identity tonight.”"

http://www.vanityfair.com/politics/features/2010/10/sarah-palin-201010?currentPage=4


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Sat, 09-04-2010 - 12:56pm
Thanks again. I agree that the Christian house is a big one. At the same time, I admit that all of what you describe is completely alien to me, although I grew up in a Christian environment and consider myself a practicing Christian. At the same time, my knowledge of theology is more than a little shaky, so thanks for all the explanation.

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Sat, 09-04-2010 - 12:57pm

I think I agree with you. My problem with Palin lies not in WHAT she believes, but in how she uses those beliefs as a wedge. In actuality, I probably agree with most of her religious beliefs - it's when she uses that faith as a weapon to divide people that I take offense.

Definitely agree with the separation of church and state, but also think that individuals will act, and vote, based upon their (religious) beliefs.

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Sat, 09-04-2010 - 1:01pm

Hesitant to talk Theology here, but happy if I was able to help a little.

I think few people actually think much about those things - but it's not a bad thing. I'm the product of twelve years of Christian schools (primarily Baptist). Including high school - where we had four years of intense theology (and much more rigorous academic requirements at the same time.)

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Sat, 09-04-2010 - 1:09pm
My husband spent several years immersed in the Church Fathers, although his field of study was not theology. He also taught the Cromwell period for a few semesters. In spite of that, we don't often discuss theology at home, so your assessment that most people don't think too much about this seems to be correct ;).

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Sat, 09-04-2010 - 1:37pm

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Sat, 09-04-2010 - 1:43pm
I've found it very interesting. Thanks for taking the time.
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Sat, 09-04-2010 - 3:15pm
I have really enjoyed reading your posts in this thread....very informative.


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Sat, 09-04-2010 - 3:23pm
May I ask, since you put the term in quotation marks, do you ever use the term "prayer warriors" or were you just adopting the term a bit ironically?

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Sat, 09-04-2010 - 3:29pm

I put it in quotations because it is the name of our group.


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Sat, 09-04-2010 - 3:39pm

<<< I don't imagine that they are doing actually warfare on my behalf, but I do ask them to pray for me, or a situation, or for someone specific. It's a support system. Very specifically, it's friends who intercede on my behalf. The belief that there is actual warfare happening, and that there are actual warriors tends to be very charismatic (like Assembly of God) notion. I'm not charismatic, though I believe Sarah Palin is.>>>


Exactly.

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