Archive for May, 2006

Somebody Forgot to Invite Jesus to the National Day of Prayer

May 4th, 2006 9 comments

I’m more than a bit discomforted by the theology driving the "National Day of Prayer." There is a fundamentalist Christian orientation to it all that bothers me quite a lot, a nearly superstitious view that by getting a lot of people to "honor God" or "pray to God" God is going to grant "most favored nation status" to the USA. But even worse, if you visit the National Day of Prayer web site there is a lot of hoopla and hype but…no Jesus! Yes, you read that right. The prayer they suggest does not mention Christ. The National Day of Prayer site has a section on "What makes prayer work?" and there is not a single word about Jesus Christ and praying in His name there either. Count me out of "National Day of Prayer" since the NDP folks obviously have chosen to count Jesus out. I can almost hear somebody saying, "Oh, come on, what’s wrong with encouraging people to pray?" And my response is, "There’s everything wrong with encouraging people to pray when you forget to mention Jesus! There’s everything wrong with being part of an effort that gives equal time to paganism and false doctrine." The National Day of Prayer was established by Congress in 1952, with the urging and encouragement of Harry Truman. The day was established with specific mention that it is "non-sectarian." What does that mean? Oh, it sounds reasonable enough. But, what it means is that the National Day of Prayer was adopted and people were encouraged to pray, however they conceive of God-him/her/it. And this makes sense. Harry Truman was a Mason, in fact, the head of the Missouri Masons. And of course the one thing Masons do not like is anyone daring to insist that there is no "Great Architect" but rather only the One, True God, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit and that, as Jesus says in John 8:19, "You know neither me, nor my Father. If you had known me, you would know my Father also."