Texas Governor Rick Perry suggests that we pray for our nation.  I read the article, then began reading the comments.  Here’s the link: https://tinyurl.com/3sasw88.  Fascinating, really.

America wants leaders who live by a high standard of ethics, who seek the best for their citizens, and for the world at large.  America wants leaders who believe in honesty and truth.

So Gov. Perry, who may be the Republican presidential candidate, says it’s important to pray.  Not to a God who calls for child sacrifice, or asks us to wage war for our faith.  Not to a God who is hateful.  Not to a God who accepts lies.

Gov. Perry asks America to pray for help in hard times.  Not to smite his enemies.  (He said we should pray for our president as well.)  Not to let him win the election.  Just to pray in our day of distress.

That’s a kind of useful humility, I believe.

America wants the things that Christianity offers, but without calling it that, or allowing a candidate to believe it.  America loves the idea that certain things are true:  the poor need to be loved and helped, peace is better than war, prosperity is a good thing, everyone needs health-care.

But America’s elite hate the idea that those ideas might have a source other than their own imaginations.   And America’s intelligentsia and media typically detest the idea that a politician might locate that source in God.  A God whom, according to USA Today, intelligent and educated people actually believe worthy of reverence.  In other words, perhaps America’s intelligent people, her educated people, are ahead of the curve.  They might actually be praying too.

https://www.usatoday.com/news/religion/2011-08-03-education-religion_n.htm

Ironic, isn’t it?  We want the trappings of faith, but not the faith.  The goodness that would come from a God, but only if that God lies dead.

C.S. Lewis said:  ‘In a sort of ghastly simplicity we remove the organ and demand the function.  We make men without chests and expect of them virtue and enterprise.  We laugh at honor and are shocked to find traitors in our midst.  We castrate and bid the geldings be fruitful.’  (Abolition of Man.)

How long will we wring our hands over faith, even as we desire it’s benefits?

And how long will we assume, out of hand, that a praying politician is a stupid one?

Doubtless, a while longer.

Edwin

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