• And Last Week on Capitol Hill … Demons Confronted Directly. Wait, What?

    Surge Summary: A Congressional Chaplain prayerfully confronts the powers of darkness in the House of Representatives; a lawmaker explains how that came about. 

    What’s going on over in the United States congress? First, we’ve got Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi quoting the Bible, and now demons being cast out of the chamber?

    “In your most Holy Name, I now cast out all spirits of darkness in this chamber — spirits not from you.”

    Last week, per Faithwire’s Will Maule, those words echoed from the House of Representatives, courtesy of  Chaplain Father Patrick Conroy.

    Following a rancorous week of hyperpartisan politics, the Roman Catholic cleric felt it time to look beyond the outward and evaluate the spiritual temperature of the Capitol Building. What he discovered deeply troubled him.

    Father Conroy was also deeply grieved at the fact Democratic Congressman Rep. Emanuel Cleaver felt he had to abandon the House chair on Tuesday due to the relentless, untamed arguing amongst members on the floor.

    So, he rose to the pulpit at the beginning of Thursday’s session, declaring:

     “This has been a difficult and contentious week in which darker spirits seem to have been at play in the people’s house,” before ordering the divisive and discouraging presence to leave immediately.

    In a Fox News interview Thursday, Cleaver provided a bit of backstory, revealing he and the chaplain had shared a pivotal conversation about the atmosphere of the House earlier in the week.

    “Father Patrick and I sat together earlier the day of all of the chaos and confusion during the resolution concerning President Trump,” Cleaver told Fox News’ Martha MacCallum. “And he leaned over and said, ‘You know, I feel a presence in here, an evil presence.’ He said ‘it’s not a Democrat or a Republican.’ He said ‘there’s something else going on here.’ He said, ‘I’m going to have to pray tomorrow to ask God to cleanse this place.’”

    Cleaver elaborated: the origin of the prayer recited by Father Conroy is the New Testament book of Ephesians, chapter six, verse twelve.

    “It comes from Paul’s letter to Ephesians, where he said, ‘we fight not flesh and blood, but principalities. In other words, there is another evil spirit,” Cleaver explained.

    The verse … reads: “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil.” (ESV)

    “It’s difficult to argue with Father Patrick,” Cleaver added. “Because there is a mess going on here, and the tragedy is that I think there are many Americans who think it’s OK.”

    The Missouri lawmaker, an ordained minister, remarked,

    “[T]here is such a thing as evil and I also think that there are forces outside the United States that are trying to tear us apart.”

    Cleaver further explained his reasons for abandoning the chair and stalking out of the chamber: Despite his pleas to the contrary, the politicians around him continued their aimless squabbling.

    “Everyone who had spoken violated the House rules,” Cleaver said, adding that he “admonished Democrats and Republicans,” but to no avail. “I thought, ‘these people just want to fight.’ So, [I left],” he said.

    Hmmm. Chaos? Hostility? Pointless bickering? Sounds like exactly the kind of fruit you’d expect from the one who, according to Jesus, has come “to steal, kill and destroy” (John 10:10) and is “the father of lies” (John 8:44).

    And, moreover, sounds like Father Conroy answered the threat in exactly the proper manner.

    Our elected officials ought to try it sometime.

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