“Don’t have anything to do with that innocent man, for I have suffered a great deal today in a dream because of him” (Mat. 27:19)
I had a dream last night. It seemed so real, even though upon waking up I realized how odd it was. We were driving on a highway. Going along at a fast rate of speed. Suddenly the cars in front of us started crashing. There were explosions all around us and people were dying. Cars started racing in the opposite direction toward us and I don’t know how we managed to miss them and not get hit, as if something supernatural was protecting our car. We found ourselves pulling over to what appeared to be a college campus. A young college age boy, who had been mortally wounded, lay dying on bleachers with a gaping wound in his chest. Though still alive, it became apparent that he would not live. My sons, in their horror knelt beside him, held his hand, and began praying the Our Father.
Suddenly, an atheist group appeared and began chanting, “stop shoving your religion down our throats,” and, “we don’t believe in sky fairies.” My boys were mystified as to why, when a person lay dying, someone else would be offended by a prayer. They continued to pray.
I confronted one of the atheists. I said, “the prayer is not hurting you, why won’t you have some respect for a dying man, what happened to your chant of live and let live, have some respect.” The atheist insisted, “there is no sky fairy, you’re forcing us to observe the prayer.” I again said, “if you were dying I would be respectful of you.” Suddenly the atheist’s eyes turned demon red. She shot out a wave of energy at me so forcefully it smacked me in the face and it stung me in a way I have never felt before. I felt dizzy and disoriented, the way you would if you were drunk or sick. I admit I was scared. But then I remembered the power of Jesus’ name. I simply said it, “Jesus.” The disorientation stopped, the demon got mad and fled. I was awakened at this point, still feeling the sting on my face, but also very secure in the notion that at the name of Jesus every knee shall bow and every tongue shall confess and give praise to God. Romans 14:11