[[This is quite exciting, I've always wanted to say this, so here goes: STOP PRESS]]
Yesterday, when I was putting the finishing touches to my article on Christians conducting spiritual warfare, I had the vague notion in my head that Christians praying for their God to intervene in the political process directly was an American problem. Britain’s churches have long been declining into a slow quiescence for decades; they wouldn’t do anything as morally problematic as interfering in matters of state (especially social issues which don’t effect them).
According to a letter that will be read out in sermons today in Catholic Churches across Scotland, Catholics in Scotland will be asked to “pray for our elected leaders, invoking the Holy Spirit on them, that they may be moved to safeguard marriage as it has always been understood, for the good of Scotland and of our society”.
Invoking Spirits (even a Holy one) against someone else is dangerous ground. It is a violation of the target’s autonomy, and unless your justification is top-notch (i.e. you have consent), then you’re playing with fire. Although I doubt the feeble prayers of Scotland’s shrinking Catholic congregations will sway the Scottish legislature, I am concerned that this sort of activity will leave Scottish Catholics open to a rather unpleasant karmic return.
Regardless: as an energy worker, even if a bit of a newbie, I feel called to do something. So I make a caim around the Scottish Parliament, its Members and its staff – may they be free and unencumbered by outside forces, spiritual and temporal; so they might vote in accordance with their own consciences. So Mote It Be.