Prayer? Oh No! 4 Things You Should Know About “Prayer Shaming” [Coronavirus]

Craig HueyFaith, Media, Social Media5 Comments

It blew up social media.

It was an attack on prayer.

It was an attack on Christianity.

Let me explain.

Vice President Mike Pence heads up Coronavirus Task Force.

He had the audacity of beginning the first meeting in prayer.

Here are 4 things you should know:

1. His prayer created a massive media attack of “prayer shaming.”

Prayer shaming is where the media – TV, radio, and social media – helps spark ridicule of people who offer “thoughts and prayers” after tragedies such as sickness, tornados, shootings, and more.

2. Here is a taste of what was said:

“Symbolic of the moral and intellectual decay at the White House, a photo shows Vice President Mike Pence and his team trying to pray away Coronavirus.”

Pence and his team were accused of “wallowing in ignorant superstition and willful ignorance.”

“It’s not a joke when people say these Republicans are trying to stop a virus with prayer. What else did anyone expect? Science? Reason? Something sensible?”

A viral tweet of the photo had this caption “Mike Pence and his Coronavirus emergency team praying for a solution. We are so [blanked].”

3. The reality is that in today’s post Christian culture, prayer is considered poison.

The media try to make prayer political poison – an attack on science, reason, and progress.

4. Two opposing world views are at war.

This is really a clash of world views.

The “politically correct” secular world view laughs at prayer.

It believes that science, the intellect, technology… and money… can solve all problems — and that government is the key to all problem solving.

The attacks on prayer and faith are attacks on the unseen.

But the idea that the state – collectivism – can solve every problem is misplaced “faith” in broken, sinful man.

History is full of the failures of mankind…

Climate change. Gun violence. And, yes, Coronavirus. All these supposedly can be solved by more government passing the right laws and controlling people’s lives by bureaucratic and corrupt policies.

The secular world view says that salvation from Coronavirus will come from the government or from man’s efforts apart from God.

A Christian world view would put prayer and God first … without excluding science, reason, or man’s actions.

In the Christian world view, man’s efforts are based on trust in a loving, omnipotent, omniscient God.

As psalmist says in Psalm 2 and Psalm 4, although nations may rage, and people may plot in vain against the Lord and against His anointed one (Psalm 2:1-3), only the Lord makes us dwell in safety (Psalm 4:8).

5. Christians need to pray.

  • Petition the Lord to shield us from fear, and that we might invoke the reality of 2 Timothy 1:7: “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”
  • As you intercede for our civil officials, health care professionals and law enforcement and emergency personnel, pray that they may lead with wisdom, work skillfully and be protected from the spread of the virus.
  • Pray your fellow Christians will serve boldly and will courageously share the Word effectively as they encounter those with physical and spiritual needs during this time of crisis.
  • Pray for wisdom for pastors and church leaders, that they will provide leadership, comfort, and mobilization of volunteers to help meet the needs of their local congregations and communities.
  • Pray that many will come to the Lord as a result of the crisis.

What do you think? Email me at craig@electionforum.org.

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5 Comments on “Prayer? Oh No! 4 Things You Should Know About “Prayer Shaming” [Coronavirus]”

  1. I did see the picture. It did my heart good. I felt everyone in the picture (including those standing in the doorway) had a genuine posture of prayer. In settings that is considered more secular, not everyone you see in a picture, etc. has what I consider a genuine posture of prayer: Head bowed and eyes closed… though I realize other people may have different prayer postures.

  2. Thanks Craig! I didn’t know the media was doing this. More Christians should troll these media hacks on Twitter when they attack us. We Are the News Now, not them!

  3. Yes, we need to pray at all times and for all things and situations, but this virus is not one of them. Someone says: we could all die! Do we believe them or investigate why they said that? The virus is a complete non-issue, a hoax and a fraud of epic proportions. Yes, there is a virus, but it will not kill us all if don’t “contain it or stop it’s spread”. The “crisis” is our reaction to it and the government’s actions. The Lord help us in our stupidity and foolishness.

    1. The H1N1 virus was much more lethal, yet there was not the panic then that we have now. The difference is that Donald Trump occupies the White House. When churches, including ours, discontinued services, we showed the world that we are fearful, just what scripture tells us not to be. I admonished our pastor, but it did no good. He, and others, are following what the government tells us instead of what the scripture tells us. It’s very sad.

      1. I respectfully disagree. Our large church discontinued in-person services and went to online services and Bible Study in order to obey what the government recommended. In Romans 13:1-2, it states, “Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves.” There is wisdom in listening to the government’s directions because they are meant to keep people safe and to prevent loss of life. As Christians, we should want to honor both preserving life and meeting together, which are both quite possible in the digital age in which we live. I also believe that the government has much more information on the trajectory of Coronavirus (based on what has happened in other countries so far) than us everyday citizens.

        I pray through this that we, as Christians, can be the light to others who have no hope right now. I am grateful we have a Vice President who is so open about the role faith has in his life.

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