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Prayer For A Gay Rabbi

Posted on | December 1, 2014 | 36 Comments

by Smitty

In reference to this:

Not only is gay marriage now the law for over two-thirds of Americans while the value of marriage in general has been declining for decades; not only are television, film, music, and video games more vulgar than we could have imagined in 1980; but more Americans are declaring themselves “Nones,” that is, people of no religious affiliation, than ever before in our history. Sure, some churches are expanding, but overall, your way of life is in steep decline. In short, you are losing horribly.

Almighty God,

Your might and love are expressed from the breadth of Creation, through your written Word to that Creation, and through the Messiah you sent to reconcile that fallen Creation to Yourself.

You’ve created mankind in your image, with full liberty both to glorify you, or to choose to glorify the flesh. It can seem a party, albeit briefly, the hedonism. But we know that you Justice tends to blast the mockery, past an unspecified point of foolishness.

Lord, I lift up Jay Michaelson, whom I don’t know, but seems confused on some issues. Please, Lord, help him to take a clear look at your Word in faith, and not through the fleshly conceits of the Adversary, who seeks to make the unspeakable into a normal and accepted practice. How much of the history of the Israelites must we examine to see that, when decadence and foolishness reign, You bring in a foreign conqueror to calibrate the wayward?

Lord, help Jay Michaelson to understand the Messiah you sent, and to understand that, from an Evanglical perspective, Your children “are losing horribly” every time we, the branches, operate outside the scope of the vine. We are always “losing horribly” at Satan’s games, when we follow the Gospel as written.  The Messiah is the vine, Evangelicals are the branches, and politics is something happening down in the humus, awash with insects, politicians, worms, lobbyists, an vermin (but I repeat myself).

Lord, help Jay Michaelson to understand that, far from causing dismay in any actual Evangelicals, he’s instead written a piece somewhere between cautionary and unintentionally hilarious. He appears to know as much about You as he knows about Evangelicals as he knows about the proper use of the wedding tackle.

Help Jay, Lord. And help Evangelicals to cleave to your Word with even greater fidelity, for all it looks like “losing horribly”, to pagan eyes.

In Jesus’s name, Amen.

via Hot Air


36 Responses to “Prayer For A Gay Rabbi”

  1. GadsdenJazz
    December 1st, 2014 @ 8:39 am


    Doggone, Smitty. Good on ya’, brother.

  2. Amie Holladay
    December 1st, 2014 @ 9:04 am


  3. Quartermaster
    December 1st, 2014 @ 9:54 am

    A man who, obviously, ignores the book of Leviticus. Alas, he’s been had by the father of lies.

  4. RS
    December 1st, 2014 @ 10:55 am

    II Timothy 3 King James Version (KJV)

    1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.

    2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,

    3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,

    4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;

    5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.

    6 For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts,

    7 Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.

    In a sense, the Rabbi is correct. We sat around for years believing that our cultural heritage was immutable, while unseen, the rot grew within institutions which we trusted. Politics is, indeed, downstream from Culture. Slowly, our culture has been corrupted, and it is a mistake to believe that we can rely upon temporal power to reverse the trends while ignoring what is going on within the human soul.

  5. AlanMoore
    December 1st, 2014 @ 11:19 am

    How is that a good response to Michaelson’s article? His assessment is correct that morality cannot be imposed via the political process, and if you haven’t noticed, the Republican establishment that conservatives enable is no longer interested in social issues, or even the public, and only in their donors. Can anyone here say that the GOP has won any battle on the social front in decades through the use of government? They don’t even care to. They just keep using the base to win elections.

  6. RS
    December 1st, 2014 @ 11:41 am

    The Republican Establishment has forgotten that the foundation of conservative values consists of Traditional Marriage and the Family. It is those two institutions which form the counterweight to government intervention and interference in the lives of citizens. When those two institutions fray or decay, government is “forced” to step in to fill the gap. I put “forced” in square quotes because, of course, it is government which facilitated the disintegration of those two institutions in the first instance.

    Aside: When I hear many conservatives–especially evangelicals–bemoaning the state of Marriage and Family in this country, I always ask the same question: “Where were you 50 years ago when the push was on for ‘No Fault’ divorce?” It is my belief that that change in our jurisprudence was the first shot in the war we are losing now.

  7. Rivka
    December 1st, 2014 @ 12:07 pm

    Correction needed. Jay Michelson is NOT a rabbi. Fact check me on this please and correct. He has NO, “semicha” rabbinic ordination. He is a “journalist” and a contributor to The Forward. He blathers on and on about sexuality and “spirituality.” He is bigot that berates the Orthodox population for “breeding” in excess. His understanding and ability to read even the most basic Jewish text is questionable.

  8. AlanMoore
    December 1st, 2014 @ 12:38 pm

    If the government is “forced” to step in, how is that doing the of the will of the people on issues like marriage, or family? I can’t figure out why gay marriage(which is pro-marriage, and has all the same benefits as a traditional marriage)is anti-marriage, and anti-family in the minds of social conservatives? And how does this small minority marrying effect attitudes toward traditional marriage overall? We can argue that attitudes toward sexuality have changed significantly, but I think that has had a minute effect on marriage rates, and the real driver of declining marriage rates is economics, and jobs, especially job security which does not exist, and declining, or stagnant wages. Young people are up to their eyeballs in student loan debt, and cant find good entry level positions, or a job at all. These things are holding them back in terms of housing, and meeting those milestones that previous generations took for granted. A “pull up your bootstraps”, and shaming approach is no longer valid with structural problems of this magnitude. This was really the point of the DB article: instead of challenging the root of the problem, which is economic, conservatives are status quo and think it can all be fixed by attacking the symptoms which are sexual immorality, abortion, etc. both of which are consequences of financial instability.

  9. AlanMoore
    December 1st, 2014 @ 12:43 pm

    In short: it’s impossible to create a family, marry, and raise children in what is now such a hyper-competitive environment(ironic that for all the participation trophies, and games with no winners that progressives play in our public competition is more intense than ever) without the capital to do it. Achieving that kind of financial stability is taking longer than ever, or simply is never achieved for so many these days.

  10. RS
    December 1st, 2014 @ 12:51 pm

    The root of the problem is economic only insofar as government intervention and attempts to plan an economy and pick winners and losers is responsible. That doesn’t even count the massive unfunded liabilities incurred to do things which heretofore were the responsibilities of individuals and, yes, families.

    As for gay marriage being “supportive” of the institution, you have have obviously bought into the lie. It is not about supporting marriage and family. It is about destroying those institutions by removing their uniqueness. Our hosts “Sex Trouble” series documents in detail the end game. Destroy marriage and the family and you usher in the utopia of government control over everyone, where the only “freedom” which exists is that of tickling one’s genitals in whatever way he wishes.

  11. Sort-of-Mad Max
    December 1st, 2014 @ 1:41 pm

    Jay Michaelson is the guy that exhorted everybody to forget the fact that Iran executes people publicly for the ‘crime’ of being gay, because the current administration he supports was negotiating with them. This article is at the Daily Beast, if you click his name and keep scrolling; he’s a very prolific polemicist.

    The idea was that the gay lobby should stay schtum about the hangings because Obama’s doing important things!!

    He also went on to say that anybody who didn’t support gay marriage was lying when they said they were disgusted with the idea of negotiating with a regime that executed gay people, because not supporting gay marriage=executing gay people.

    Just another highly educated simpleton, hyperactively shilling for the Democrats.

  12. Wombat_socho
    December 1st, 2014 @ 2:21 pm

    Sounds like your typical Reconstructionist/Reform rabbi to me. 😉

  13. Rivka
    December 1st, 2014 @ 2:27 pm

    The man would not know what end of a Talmud was up.

  14. NeoWayland
    December 1st, 2014 @ 3:57 pm

    I was going to give a rant here. Then I read the original article.

    Fair game. He asked for it and more.

  15. TheresaAK
    December 1st, 2014 @ 3:57 pm


  16. Adjoran
    December 1st, 2014 @ 5:24 pm

    Reading the Daily Beast may be harmful to your health.

    There are no benefits, you will find no new information or insights, and exposing your brain cells and precious bodily fluids to excessive amounts of that radioactive tripe could have long-term effects, and I don’t mean super-powers.

  17. AlanMoore
    December 1st, 2014 @ 5:43 pm

    The “end game” is theoretical. It’s speculation. It’s fear. Reality is those same homosexuals whose cruising lifestyle that you disapprove of are now having monogamous relationships, and raising kids when married. In the day to day business of life gay marriage is not destroying marriage. It’s expanding it. Feminism has had a far worse effect on marriage than homosexuals, and have done more to erode the institution.

    The corporations are lobbying the government and donating to individual politicians to be the winners because it benefits their markets. Theyve been doing this forever and it’s a two way street. the root of the problem is stagnant wages, outsourced jobs, a lack of work, etc. These are not moral problems and pulling away assistance and accelerating the cycle of poverty is not the answer.

  18. Quartermaster
    December 1st, 2014 @ 6:45 pm

    I suspect he is so called “Reform.” Calling them Jewish is like calling the Unitarian/Universalists Christian. You can call a pick-up truck a B-747 too, but it doesn’t make it so.

    Note: The term Jews is not an ethical term, but religious. The ethnic term for a descendant of Abraham through Isaac is Hebrew. The guy may be Hebrew, but a Jew he ain’t.

  19. Quartermaster
    December 1st, 2014 @ 6:49 pm

    The end game is any but theoretical. Nor is it fear. We already see where the road leads and conservatives want no part of it.

    “Gay Marriage” ain’t marriage in any way, shape or form. It is, at best, a perversion, as homosexual “sex” is, at best, perversion.

  20. Quartermaster
    December 1st, 2014 @ 6:51 pm

    The termites started gnawing over a 100 years ago.

  21. Shawn Smith
    December 1st, 2014 @ 7:28 pm

    Monogamous relationships…ha! “Married” gay men still have more sexual partners in a given year than straight men playing the field. Go spew your filth to some fool who will buy it.

  22. MichaelAdams
    December 1st, 2014 @ 8:17 pm


  23. darleenclick
    December 1st, 2014 @ 11:14 pm

    In case you haven’t noticed, Leftism is the most dynamic religion of the 20th & early 21st century and is having little problem imposing its morality … which is anathema to American principles (based on a Judeo-Christian ethic).

  24. darleenclick
    December 1st, 2014 @ 11:18 pm

    by definition, same-sex marriage ISN’T.

    If same-sex couples would like to legally provide for one another – through private contract or registered domestic partnerships, good for them.

    But they aren’t, by definition, equivalent to marriage (opposite sex couples).

    Same-sex “marriage” isn’t really about equality but a political move in the quest to obliterate sex/gender. It is ultimately about weakening families and making sure one’s primary relationship in life is with The State.

  25. cargosquid
    December 2nd, 2014 @ 12:08 am

    My in-laws were Reform. Jewish they most definitely were. They would have kicked this idiot out of temple.

    This liberal idiot’s religion is progressivism, not Judaism.

  26. DeadMessenger
    December 2nd, 2014 @ 12:14 am

    Preach, brother!

  27. DeadMessenger
    December 2nd, 2014 @ 12:15 am

    “…precious bodily fluids…”

    Hehehehehe…good one!

  28. AlanMoore
    December 2nd, 2014 @ 2:01 am

    Yeah, leftism is Christianity for atheists, but for the most part their morals are imposed via culture, and media, and not legislation. That’s the point of the article: Evangelicals have lost the culture and no amount of political wrangling will change that. I still don’t see how homosexual marriage effects traditional hetero marriages, or stops hetero couples from marrying? Especially when homosexual marriages are so few. Feminism is what has destroyed marriage and the heterosexual, traditional family. Truth be told I wish I was gay because in this day and age you have a better chance with a male partner than the majority of western women totally corrupted, and manipulated by feminist thought. Gays are far safer.

  29. Adjoran
    December 2nd, 2014 @ 3:11 am

    If you would only learn to stop worrying, you could love the bomb!

  30. K-Bob
    December 2nd, 2014 @ 5:39 am

    This seems to be part of a recent pattern of the left, declaring victory despite the facts on the ground.

    Recently, I’ve seen a lot of trolls dropping into right-side blogs to claim that, “We had a culture war. You lost.” I’m guessing they got their marching orders from the yellow prince; who as we all know, now has a mandate from “every sentient being in the universe that did not vote for Democrats in the 2014 elections.”

    A massive mandate, to be sure. Imaginary, true, but massive.

    How massive is it? (Carson audience joke)

    Well, just between ‘im and I, that’s a lot of ass.

  31. K-Bob
    December 2nd, 2014 @ 5:45 am

    I hope you’re not telling us that mail-order rabbis don’t exist. I figured I should get a complete set of ordinations so I can claim my house is Christian school during the week, a synagogue on Sabbat, and a church on Sunday.

  32. K-Bob
    December 2nd, 2014 @ 5:51 am

    “The GOP” is a political entity. If you hadn’t noticed, politics is downstream from culture, as Andrew Breitbart famously said.

    You’d have to look long and hard to find someone on the political right who expects a political party to “do something” about social issues. That’s a mug’s game, and we don’t play.

    But since the time of Reagan, abortion rates have gone down, as well as teen pregnancies. Leftists have fought against lower abortion rates and have done everything they can to get teens sexually active. So the people are not following the left nearly as much as the media would have you believe.

  33. Quartermaster
    December 2nd, 2014 @ 6:59 am

    The problem with so called Reform Judaism, is the adherents are all over the place. It’s why I don’t consider them Jews. There is simply nothing consistent about them as a group.

  34. Wraith
    December 2nd, 2014 @ 11:27 am

    …where the only “freedom” which exists is that of tickling one’s genitals in whatever way he wishes.
    Hey, now, that’s patently untrue! You forgot about the freedom to murder unborn babies! And the freedom to hold any opinion you wish–as long as it’s politically correct. And you’re totally free to worship as you will, as long as Jesus Christ isn’t involved.
    Jeeze, bunch of teabagger propagandists…!! 😉

  35. AlanMoore
    December 2nd, 2014 @ 2:53 pm

    Falling abortion rates, and teen pregnancy has dropped without the benefit of legislation so that’s a big cultural victory. It’s achanging of hearts and minds. But I think the argument being made is that social conservatives vote GOP in the hope that they can change culture via legislation instead of simy through messaging and facts like abortion and teen pregnancy is a giant negative.

  36. K-Bob
    December 2nd, 2014 @ 3:50 pm

    That’s a 1950’s view of the GOP. Most people on the right today just want the Constitution to mean what it says, and keep the feds out of “social” issues altogether.