Thursday, February 15, 2018

When Christians mock prayer

A Case Study.

Note to Mark Shea: Thoughts and prayers are not garbage because one disagrees with your politics.  God is bigger than that.  And your politics and the Gospel of Jesus Christ are not one and the same.  Jesus Christ is bigger than that.  And the policies of the Democratic Party are not the way, the truth, and the life and the only potential path to salvation through Jesus. The working of the Holy Spirit is bigger than one party.

In short, one can be a good Christian, can love Jesus, can be obedient to God, can sincerely pray and conclude that perhaps the policies of the Democrats would not help in stopping this or similar tragedies.  It's what liberal Christians used to say to the Religious Right.  It's now what New Prolife Christians need to hear.

From Mark's post on the shooting: his appraisal of prayer's efficacy if not linked to Mark's political opinions

It's bad enough that our political leaders and others in our nation have decided to blaspheme God by subverting prayer for the sake of politics.  But that Christian leaders or apologists do the same in fealty to a political agenda makes me sick. I will not address this blasphemy again.  I only did it to warn those who seek to petition God through prayers and charity not to be misled into such heresy. What should be done with a professional representative of the Faith who advocates such things I'll leave to others to work out.

Now it's back to what Christians and all people of goodwill should be doing, and that's weeping with the dead and those who are suffering, and lifting up our hearts and minds to God, through Jesus Christ if believers we are.  There will be time to look for solutions, and possibly even look at the heart and soul of a nation that has come this far.  But not now.


  1. "Thou shalt not kill" Give us back our freedom of religion instead of imposing atheism on a nation instituted by the sovereign personhood endowed by "their Creator" Anybody is free to leave or get three quarters of the states to ratify any opinion to the contrary.

    1. True. For those mocking God in such times it's worth pondering a nation working overtime removing the same God from the nation.

  2. I am thinking of St Therese of Lisieux, and many holy women and men whose whole life was devoted to thoughts and prayers. St Therese, pray for us.

    1. Yep. Thoughts and prayers isn't something cooked up by political operatives on the Right. I'm shocked at the brazen disregard for religious faith that many leaders in our national discourse are willing to boast. What is unacceptable, though, is for people of faith to join with that same disdain for the very religious faith they ostensibly proclaim.


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