Franklin Graham and the End of Prayer

I am becoming less and less of a Franklin Graham fan. Franklin was asked not to participate in the Pentagon’s observance of the National Day of Prayer because he  has called Islam “evil and wicked”. To this, he has accused Obama of giving “Islam a pass”. In commenting on the court ruling that has “outlawed” the law creating the National Day of Prayer, he is saying that the ability to pray outside of church may disappear in his (Graham’s) lifetime.

At this point, I think that we need to distinguish between public civic prayer and public worship (or liturgical) prayer. Public civic prayer are the prayers at civic (non-church) events that are usually rendered in a very perfunctual way. I have never been a big fan of civic prayers. They tend to be aggrandizing puff blessings having little to do with communicating with a living God who is interested in our lives. I have come to believe that most civic prayers break the rule that we are not supposed to babble useless words like the pagans do. Therefore, I have yet to understand why any  Evangelical Christian preacher mourns the lack of civic prayers. For some reason, they do, and will tell you that the world is going to Hell in a handbasket because we don’t have ceremonial civic prayers.

Okay, Franklin, I realize that your feelings were hurt because you were dis-invited, but, Christians can still gather to pray in public. We just are being told that  praying ceremonial prayers as part of governmental function maybe officially endorsing religion. Especially since you seem to be bashing at least one other religion. I’m not talking about being “politically correct” . I’m referring to the fact that you bashed Islam in a way that your father, Billy Graham, never did.  It was unnecessary and inaccurate. Many mainline Islamic groups have denounced 9/11. It’s high time that you recognize that. 

Published in: on 05/06/2010 at 8:11 pm  Leave a Comment  
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