Famed author and clinical psychologist Jordan Peterson is setting YouTube on fire with a prayerful reflection that calls on our ever-divisive culture to confront a key, introspective question: “Who is the enemy here?”
Peterson’s video titled, “A Wing and a Prayer,” opens with him asking God to help him confront unpalatable elements of his human condition.
“God lift me from the intolerable burden of my ignorance, arrogance, willful blindness, bitterness and resentment,” he proclaims, adding an invocation for others as well. “As I pray that others rise above the same faults and temptations.”
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As the prayerful commentary continues, Peterson channels Jesus’ famed Sermon on the Mount and borrows from the Lord’s Prayer among other biblical sentiments.
Peterson’s purpose? To seemingly call both sides to recognize errors in coping with detractors, and the penchant too many have to defame and dismiss ideological opponents.
“Are you concerning yourself with the dust in your enemy’s eyes, instead of attending to the filth that obscures your own sight?” Peterson proclaims. “Do we want accusation, suspicion, discord, derision and hatred? Or the peace and prosperity and happiness that beckons to us at this moment like never before?”
He then poignantly asks, ‘Who’s the enemy here?”
Though it is easy to try and escape seeing oneself as an offending party in Peterson’s words, the author seems to make it clear he believes everyone has fallen prey to the madness.
“I see even the best of men degenerating into the exchange of blows. I see even the best of men identifying the enemy in our neighbors and friends,” he said. “I see even the best of men falling prey to cowardice and self-righteous anger.”
He implored everyone — including himself — to “stop … before it’s too late.”
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As Faithwire previously reported, this isn’t the first time Peterson has discussed faith. In the past, he has said he lives as though God exists.
But earlier this year, the famed psychologist seemed to indicate in a discussion with Orthodox Christian artist Jonathan Pageau that he’s open to finding Jesus.
“The difference — and C.S. Lewis pointed this out as well — between those mythological gods and Christ was that there’s a historical representation of his existence as well,” Peterson said. “[S]o what you have in the figure of Christ is an actual person who actually lived plus a myth, and, in some sense, Christ is the union of those two things.”
He wasn’t done there, though.
“The problem is I probably believe that but I’m amazed at my own belief, and I don’t understand it,” he continued, becoming emotional as he spoke. “Because I’ve seen, sometimes, the objective world and the narrative world touch — you know, that’s union synchronicity. And I’ve seen that many times in my own life and so, in some sense, I believe it’s undeniable.”
In my new book. We who wrestle with God. https://t.co/a7pTRscrzv— Dr Jordan B Peterson (@jordanbpeterson) November 3, 2021
Peterson’s recent tweets also indicate that he has a new book coming titled, “We Who Wrestle With God.” A website — wewhowrestlewithgod.com — is currently “reserved for Dr. Jordan B. Peterson,” according to text on the site.
His prayer video — which has over 440,000 views and counting — also comes just weeks after his daughter, Mikhaila Peterson, discussed her own embrace of faith.
“I’m pretty new to this. What I’ve been doing for the last like month or so is reading the Bible and praying,” she said last month on her podcast. “And it’s been, like, the amount of peace I’ve had I haven’t had before. It’s completely absurd. I can’t believe it.”
Read more about Mikhaila Peterson’s faith journey here.
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