Dianne Reidy’s Congressional Outburst: A Careful Examination
On Thursday night, the House voted to re-open the Federal Government and raise the debt ceiling. In a move that was meant to set the public mind at ease about the ability of the government to come together for the benefit of the people, a certain woman’s words seem to be dominating the majority of the headlines. Dianne Reidy’s congressional outburst has captivated the nation.
A White House stenographer now identified as Dianne Reidy took to the dais at the House floor to deliver a rant that she describes as coming from the Holy Spirit. After being removed from the House floor, she continued her rant into the hallway until she was ultimately forcibly escorted into an elevator.
While headlines range from naming Dianne as a prophetess to calling her a woman suffering from a psychotic break, I tend to find that the truth is being lost in the shuffle, so I want to examine what we actually KNOW about what happened, to see if we can inject some reason into the discourse.
The majority of reports about Dianne’s proclamations claim that they were recorded on the House floor. This is incorrect. In most all of the audio clips I’ve heard thus far, we are hearing what Dianne said IN THE HALLWAY outside of Congressional chambers, after she was removed from the dais. Here is a video proving that to be the case:
Now, below you will see video of what we know about what was actually said ON the House floor.. which is precisely nothing, because although she methodically approached a microphone at the dais, there was no discernible audio captured.
The closest thing we have to knowing what she said at the dais comes from the Huffington Post report which states:
Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.) banged her gavel and shouted for order as the well-known and liked Reidy as carted out by security officials, still screaming. Ros-Lehtinen told Fox News that Reidy “came up to the podium area beneath where I was standing and asked me if the microphones were on. I said that I didn’t know. I assumed that perhaps I was chatting too much to the helpful parliamentarians around me. Then she suddenly faced the front and said words like ‘Thus spoke the Lord.’ And, ‘This is not the Lord’s work.’”
Ros-Lehtinen continued, “I hammered to get control and hush her up. She said something about the devil. It was sudden, confusing and heartbreaking. She is normally a gentle soul.”
According to statements by Dianne’s husband Dan, his wife was given a psychological evaluation and was sent home the same night on administrative leave.
Now then, to the important points. For the past couple of days since this incident, I’ve seen well meaning Christians proclaiming Dianne to have delivered a prophetic word from God. Certainly, Dianne and her husband have done nothing to dispel these claims. In an interview with Rick Wiles on Trunews, Dan Reidy claims that his wife had been receiving messages from the Holy Spirit for four weeks prior to the outburst. He says that she was awakened every night around 3 am at which point she went downstairs. This was very out of character for her. He says he knew “something” was going on with her.
Dan boldly claims that this message from his wife was the Holy Spirit speaking through her. He goes on to say that she has no recollection of what she actually said. She told him that after the outburst was over she felt as though she had given birth, and that now she was “done”. Previous to the outburst she was a woman with utmost respect for the decorum of Congress and loved working in those chambers in her capacity as stenographer.
There is some conflict over the actual facts, even as presented by Dan. In the interview with Rick Wiles, he likens her struggle in the weeks leading up to the incident to that of what Jesus went through in the Garden of Gethsemane. He says she fought it. She loved and was close to many of the members of the House. The Lord had to break her.. However, this seems to contradict his statement as reported by The Blaze, which had this to say:
“Dan Reidy said Dianne “didn’t want to do it” but had also become “sickened” by the shutdown mess.
“The alliances between people who aren’t really allies. The finger-pointing on the dais, [then] the arms around each other … Where are the people being served in this whole deal?” he said. “She was just like, ‘Gosh, this is not what it’s about.’”
If I’m not mistaken, this seems to imply that she actually was upset with Congress. This implies that she was personally on a human level becoming distressed with what she was seeing. Who could blame her? But the conflict here is between whether or not what she did was a prophetic utterance or simply a woman who had “had enough.” To me, there is quite a difference.
Dan continues in the Trunews interview to say that not only does Dianne not recall what she said, but that he himself has not listened to the entirety of her message. In fact, he’s avoided it. But he’s still comfortable declaring it to be God literally speaking through his wife. Now, let me tell you something sincere. If my husband claimed to have delivered prophecy to the entire nation, as much as I love that man, I would NEED to hear what he actually said before going on to defend it as prophecy.
Please don’t misunderstand me. I am not saying I necessarily disagree with anything Dianne said. It is true that Freemasons played a huge role in the founding of our nation and our founding documents, including the Constitution. It is true that contrary to popular belief, the majority of our founders were not Christian, but were Deists. It is true that you cannot serve two masters. All of this is true, but does that make it necessarily prophecy? This is where my hesitation comes in to play.
The manner in which this outburst took place was very disruptive and disorderly. It brings to mind a specific passage in the Book of Acts, chapter 16, wherein Paul, Timothy, and Silas are being followed by a woman who utters the following words, “These men are the servants of the Most High God, who proclaim to us the way of salvation.”
Now, did the woman say anything that was untrue? Did she lie? These men were servants of the Most High God, and they WERE spreading the Gospel of salvation. What she said was true, but the manner in which she delivered the message annoyed Paul, and he ends up casting a demon out of her. The full passage from Acts 16: 16-19 is below:
16 Now it happened, as we went to prayer, that a certain slave girl possessed with a spirit of divination met us, who brought her masters much profit by fortune-telling. 17 This girl followed Paul and us, and cried out, saying, “These men are the servants of the Most High God, who proclaim to us the way of salvation.” 18 And this she did for many days.
But Paul, greatly annoyed, turned and said to the spirit, “I command you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her.” And he came out that very hour. 19 But when her masters saw that their hope of profit was gone, they seized Paul and Silas and dragged them into the marketplace to the authorities.
I do not claim that Dianne Reidy was demon possessed. I only share this to counter the presumption that everyone who utters a word that is true or invokes the name of the Lord is necessarily delivering a word FROM the Lord. Just because Dianne’s words ring true, does NOT mean we can with certainty bestow her with the label of prophet, as so many have been doing.
I cannot stress enough that my primary concern is not for WHAT Dianne said, but with the manner in which we’ve subsequently been treating her statements. Dan Reidy would have us believe that his wife delievered a Holy Spirit inspired prophetic utterance so profound that she herself was unaware of what she was saying, as though some “other” had taken over and that she has since been unable to recollect what she said. Is there Biblical precedence for a prophet having amnesia about their prophecy? Not that I can find, but I’m open to correction on that point.
So certain is Dan Reidy that his wife was delivering prophecy, that he says in the Trunews interview that he was relieved to find that their initial psychotherapist on the scene was a Jew (evidenced by his yarmulke) because as a Jew, he has an understanding of Biblical prophets. Again – this is before Dan has any idea what his wife even said.
There is no gray area as to how the Reidys feel about what happened. They are boldly proclaiming that this was the word of God Almighty being spoken through Dianne. So what is the harm in believing this?
1 Corinthians 14:33 plainly states that God is not the author of confusion. Deuteronomy 18:20 shows that some will claim to speak in His name falsely. 1 John 4 reminds us to test the spirits for many false prophets abound. I am not an anti-supernaturalist and I DO believe that people even in our present time can be bestowed with a prophetic word, but as I research this particular incident, I see so much confusion sewn into the scenario and so many questions remain, therefore I am very hesitant to declare that I find Dianne Reidy to be a prophet or to have delivered a word directly from God.
Is it possible that there are other explanations? Could she have been simply a woman who’d spent a lot of time deeply ensconced in the political theater of the government closing, Obamacare votes, debt ceiling discussions etc, and as her husband states, she was sickened by what she saw? If that is the case, is it impossible to presume that maybe she’d just had enough of it and decided to loudly proclaim her thoughts on the matter? Is it possible that there is even more to the story and that this may be some kind of distraction, furthering the notion that Christians are extremists, prone to unruly behavior and wild outbursts, not unlike when a Muslim screams Allahu Akbar! Is it possible that this could be a continuing mission to make Christians look crazy? I don’t know, but I do think it is possible.
One final note that may or may not be important. Nearly every video of Dianne’s House floor activities start RIGHT at the point when she beings her walk toward the dais. BUT, in the original CSPAN video of the incident, which you can see below, you actually get to see the seconds just before she approaches the mic. You will see that she is approached by a white haired man who has a brief discussion with her, nods and then she immediately walks away to do her rant. I don’t know. Just adds another dimension to the incident. Click to make this video below full screen and look to the bottom of the screen to see Dianne talking with the white haired man.