(WARNING!! - To my deeply valued atheist readers, you might want to skip this article and come back to me next week where I will once again be deeply involved in the questions of this world. Thank you for your understanding.)
I've been thinking a lot about how we make progress with various advocacy groups against powerful enemies. I think of my heroes, people like Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Nelson Mandela. These are my spiritual guides and I want to deploy the same weapons they used.
Chief among them is prayer. As a Christian I'm called to pray for my enemies, my real enemies, not just those people who kind of annoy me. Yes, I'm talking about the major bad guys who if I had my lawyer hat on I'd be calling for their prosecution for crimes against humanity.
I've always liked the formulation of Nelson Mandela (also a lawyer), calling for satyagraha, which means you speak the absolute truth, and ahisma, meaning you wish no harm on your enemies, and you actually want them to come to the fullness of understanding. It is a hard balance to find, but it is worth our time.
So, in the spirit of the season I am asking for prayers for our enemies, or as Gandhi might have said, "Those who are not yet my friends." Some of these people are not necessarily the big bad guys, but those who lack courage to fight for the truth. I have heard accounts and personally witnessed some of the people on this list saying things privately, that if they said them publicly, would be of enormous assistance to our cause. Let all of these people fulfill the dreams of helping humanity they had when they started their careers. My athiest friends act as if articles like this are easy for me to write, but I assure you, this is one of the most difficult things I have ever done.
However, I believe God tries to touch every human heart, and I ask that your prayers be directed to the following individuals that they may hear this call and work on behalf of their fellow man, rather than quake in fear at what the powerful may try to do to them. Give them the courage to confront the lies which are harming our children and our society.
As Jesus had twelve disciples (okay, thirteen with Judas, but let's put him aside for a moment), here are the twelve I want you to pray for this holiday season. Feel free to make your own additions.
Please pray for: Harvey Alter, John Coffin, Francis Collins, Anthony Fauci, Robert Gallo, Mady Hornig, Ian Lipkin, Shyh Ching-Lo, Dusty Miller, Paul Offit, Ila Singh, and Harold Varmus.
Let the truth be told so that our human family may be healed and we can all join together in friendship and community.
Kent Heckenlively is a Founding Contributing Editor to Age of Autism and co-author author with Dr. Judy Mikovits of Plague: One Scientist's Intrepid Search for the Truth about Human Retroviruses and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Autism, and Other Diseases. Release date is November 18, 2014. Visit his website at Plague The Book. You can pre-order the book HERE.