We've previously noted WorldNetDaily columnist Dave Welch's revulsion that a lesbian had been elected mayor of Houston, stating, "We let our position on the wall be breached by the enemy." Well, he's still revulsed.
In his Jan. 9 WND column, Welch lashes out at Joel Osteen for giving a prayer at the inauguration of Mayor Annise Parker -- or, more to the point, Osteen's statement that "we thank you just for raising her up":
Every pastor I have heard from agrees Joel crossed the line in declaring that God "raised up" a mayor who denies Him, mocks him through her life and represents a complete perversion of His creation and created order – then thanking Him for doing so. Did God raise up Barack Hussein Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, etc. as well? Proverbs 16:4 tells us that God makes even the wicked for the "day of evil." Commentator Matthew Henry stated:He makes some use even of wicked men, as of other things, to be his sword, his hand (Psalm 17:13, 14), flagellum Dei – the scourge of God. ("Matthew Henry Unabridged")
I don't think, by the way, this context is what Joel had in mind during his prayer.
It is an important question, because as in all things we must look past surface symptoms to root causes, whether a lesion on the skin that is an external sign of internal cancer or wicked rulers that are political indicators of cancer of the soul among the people.
As he has before, Welch portrayed Parker's election as a moral failing of the citizenry, claiming that the citizens are "choosing governing leaders for selfish, self-serving and immoral or amoral reasons." Welch doesn't mention any of the civic issues that presumably propelled Parker to victory.