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A prophet is defined as:

  1. Someone who declares publicly a message that he or she believes has come from God or a god .
  2. A person who predicts the future.

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Watching Speaker of the House Republican John Boehner recently call out some of the members of his party for being false prophets was a sad, fascinating, ironic moment…bringing to my mind to phrases like “chickens coming home to roost,” or “pot calling the kettle black.”

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John Boehner recently [called] out some of the members of his party for being false prophets…

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The occasion for his declaration was an interview during which the Speaker addressed his decision to step down. He suggested that he had planned on stepping down in a few months anyway, but due to increasing frustration from members of his own party he decided to do it now… the old “You’re fired, I quit” trick. While I felt a tinge of sadness for the Speaker – aided by his tears no doubt – I flashed back to the numerous times when he, along with his fellow “seers” declared President Obama a “false prophet,” or was it the “Anti-Christ?”

Growing up in a Christian church I spent a lot of time around a lot of talk about prophets. And what I learned early on was that one of the most important aspects of being a “prophet,” if not the most important, was the ability to begin any conversation with “Thus sayeth the Lord” or the more direct “God told me to tell you.” Beginning with this declaration did the most important thing any prophet, or just regular person for that matter, could ask for in a conversation, saying to the other person that what you were about to say next was indisputable because it was given to you by God and whatever they had to say, unless in agreement, was incorrect.

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…those claiming to be prophets are simply invoking a higher power in order to convince you to do something they want you to do…

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A few years ago, fed up with always being on the receiving end of Prophet-eering I decided to see what would happen if I came into an argument with my own “word from God.” So in an attempt to lead my opponent – a modern day prophet himself – in my desired direction, I began the conversation with “God told me to tell you.” What I discovered immediately was what I suspected from the beginning, and that is that when you believe that you are a prophet and God is talking to you, you will not accept any other prophet’s “Thus sayeth the Lord.” So he promptly countered my “God told me” with his own “God told me.” He also added that God had even used an “Ass” to speak to his people back in the day – referring to the story of Balaam whose Ass spoke to him. I wasn’t sure if I was being called a prophet, an Ass or an idiot. I did know that my “God told me” had been trumped by his “GOD told me” making me a false prophet I guess.

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What was reinforced for me that day was that it is more likely that those claiming to be prophets are simply invoking a higher power in order to convince you to do something they want you to do or to agree with their point of view.

So back to Boehner and his declaration of false prophets in his camp. I guess what I was told might have been true, even an Ass can speak truth when properly beaten down.

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Rickerby Hinds, Editor-In-Cheif

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