‘Strike him down, Lord…’

Can it ever be right to pray for harm to come to someone?

Sure, says Wiley Drake, a Southern Baptist pastor from Buena Park, Calif., who has been praying for the death of President Obama.

He explained to Religion News Service: “That doesn’t mean I spend every waking hour praying for the death of the president. Of our prayers, 98 percent should be good prayers and 2 percent should be imprecatory.”

RNS explains a bit about imprecatory prayer — prayer for bad things to happen to bad people.

Drake, by the way, is not partisan when it comes to his prayers. As RNS tells it: “For his part, Drake is an equal-opportunity prayer warrior. His intercessory hit list has included Lynn, California megachurch pastor and best-selling authorRick Warren, and former Presidents Bill Clinton and even George W. Bush, whom Drake once maligned for not pardoning two border guards.”

So there you go.