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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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