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Jim Burroway

June 4th, 2012

Cathi Herrod, president of the Center for Arizona Policy

“So the men turned from there and went toward Sodom, but Abraham still stood before the Lord. Then Abraham drew near and said, “Will you indeed sweep away the righteous with the wicked? … Abraham answered (the Lord) and said, “Behold, I have undertaken to speak to the Lord, I who am but dust and ashes.”

Genesis 18:22 – 23 ESV

Abraham stands humbly as well as boldly before the Lord as the ‘man in the middle’ interceding for Sodom and Gomorrah to not be destroyed. He stood before the Lord and interceded with 6 bold requests for 50, 45, 40, 30, 20, and 10 righteous people out of a whole city. The Lord notes His faithful intercession and decides he would spare this evil land if there were only 10 righteous. The question is:

Will you stand in the gap before the Lord to preserve and protect the righteous in America?

This one is from the Center for Arizona Policy, and official state policy council of Focus on the Family. It just goes to show that not all of my daily emails are unintentionally humorous.

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Désirée
June 4th, 2012 | LINK

so this one was intentionally humorous?

Ben In Oakland
June 4th, 2012 | LINK

humerous is a bone. The british say “Mind the gap.”

Timothy Kincaid
June 4th, 2012 | LINK

I suspect that Cathi thinks that she’s one of the righteous. Only nine more to go.

Snowman
June 4th, 2012 | LINK

I think I would answer “No, because the Bible says that man’s righteousness is filthy rags to God.” What these people consider to be righteousness is exactly the kind of thing that Jesus was against and I’m sick of all the hipocrisy.

I’m not even religious anymore, but I read the Bible quite a bit at one time.

SteveInMI
June 4th, 2012 | LINK

Wait. Isn’t Abraham the one who married his sister and then had children by her slave, one of whom he tried to use as a human sacrifice?

The sanctity of marriage and the sanctity of life, all in one convenient package!

Timothy Kincaid
June 4th, 2012 | LINK

Cathi is scripturally illiterate.

“…stand in the gap before the Lord…” is a scriptural reference but it isn’t about Sodom. It comes from Ezekiel 22, and is about God’s anger at an entirely different group of people: the folks who we would today call “good church-goers”.

And here is what the prophet said:

23 Again the word of the Lord came to me: 24 “Son of man, say to the land, ‘You are a land that has not been cleansed or rained on in the day of wrath.’ 25 There is a conspiracy of her princes[b] within her like a roaring lion tearing its prey; they devour people, take treasures and precious things and make many widows within her. 26 Her priests do violence to my law and profane my holy things; they do not distinguish between the holy and the common; they teach that there is no difference between the unclean and the clean; and they shut their eyes to the keeping of my Sabbaths, so that I am profaned among them. 27 Her officials within her are like wolves tearing their prey; they shed blood and kill people to make unjust gain. 28 Her prophets whitewash these deeds for them by false visions and lying divinations. They say, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says’—when the Lord has not spoken. 29 The people of the land practice extortion and commit robbery; they oppress the poor and needy and mistreat the foreigner, denying them justice.

30 “I looked for someone among them who would build up the wall and stand before me in the gap on behalf of the land so I would not have to destroy it, but I found no one. 31 So I will pour out my wrath on them and consume them with my fiery anger, bringing down on their own heads all they have done, declares the Sovereign Lord.”

Cathi, in her ignorance, really said something profound.

MsRowena
June 4th, 2012 | LINK

Dear Lord: please let someone help Cathi with her makeup, especially her foundation. Your truly, Ro.

Gene in L.A.
June 4th, 2012 | LINK

Dear Lord, please protect me from your followers.

james
June 5th, 2012 | LINK

Maybe God will answer her prayers and she’ll get only 10 donors.

Stephen
June 5th, 2012 | LINK

What an interesting comment, Timothy. I read Ezekiel at school but it was a long time ago and I doubt I paid much attention. The verses you quote have quite the Shakesperean cadence.

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