Sunday, January 6, 2008

Does God Watch CNN?

I'm willing to bet that God doesn't need press releases in order to hear our prayers. Today, there is a letter to the editor of the Telegraph thanking Gov. Perdue for holding the prayer vigil for rain. After all, it was raining as the writer penned the letter. Here's a portion:

As I sit here listening to the rain pouring down outside, I want to take a moment and few words to commend and thank Gov. Sonny Perdue and the other civic and spiritual leaders who, last November, took part in the very public event to pray for rain here in Georgia. It was a very bold effort on the part of Georgia believers to conduct such an event.

Thanking God for rain? Good idea. Encouraging people of faith to pray when facing the crisis of a drought? Great idea. But scheduling a media event? Not so much. Don't you think that God would've heard the prayers of the Governor and others just as well had the service been private? I do. If his purpose was to set an example for others, couldn't he have simply called on Georgians to pray? In fact, the Gospel of Matthew has something to say about this:

When you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, who love to stand and pray in the synagogues and on street corners so that others may see them. Amen, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you pray, go to your inner room, close the door, and pray to your Father in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will repay you. Matthew 6:5-6

I respect leaders who are people of faith, but I don't like it when they use their faith for political gain. I think that's what happened here. The bottom line is that, unless God tunes in to CNN, there was no need for the press to be at the prayer meeting. When the press release dropped, the Gov. crossed a line and the event became more about politics than prayer.

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