What are we to make of this SoCal Southern Baptist pastor? Earlier this month, this pastor endorsed Mike Huckabee (who I think is a great candidate, too, by the way), and the Americans United for Separation of Church and State went immediately running to the IRS bulldogs, seeking an investigation into possible violations of tax-exempt status. The pastor, Wiley Drake, reports that he made an effort to reconcile with the group, but they would not. Thus, he felt he had no option but to call his church to pray the imprecatory psalms against these “enemies of God.” A couple of Fuller faculty members have weighed in (helpful or not?) and spoken against his use of the psalms, saying these psalms are “more of a window into the sinfulness of human beings” and “contrary to the way of Jesus.” You can read the article below to see how all the other spiritualists and religionists have responded to Pastor Drake. The Muslims, of course, have no such vindictive prayer in their religion. (Maybe they have found other means to cope with injustice). At any rate, what do we make of David’s crying out that God would make the children of his enemies “wander about and beg” [Psalm 109:10]? Should we be praying such prayers against the AUSCS? The ACLU? Activist judges? Anyone? Or, have we perhaps misunderstood both the meaning and the proper application of imprecatory psalms?