25 years ago I took my debate team to a tournament in Huntington, West Virginia. It was a bit of a culture warp, to say the least. I’m reminded of that yet again when reading that the mayor of that city thinks prayer is an adequate public policy. He put out a video encouraging churches to pray to solve their problems.
Huntington, West Virginia Mayor Steve Williams thinks he has a solution to the scourge of drugs and crime in his community.
In a video posted online, Williams makes a plea to local ministers for “all the churches within the tri-state” to pray on September 7 for healing of those experiencing substance abuse, for the protection of law enforcement officers, and even for drug dealers…Williams, a Democrat, tells local news channel WSAZ that the video “isn’t meant to be political” and that “he hasn’t even shared it on his own Facebook page.”
In the “not political” video, the mayor adds, “I’ve come to understand and experience how powerful prayer can be personally in my life, and certainly what I’ve observed within my administration and how we’re going about doing business. Prayer is so powerful I cannot imagine the power that would be unleashed if every church on September 7 at 11:05 a.m. … would take a moment to pray.”
Oh yes, the power that would be unleashed. You know what will happen? The same thing that happens every other time people pray: Nothing.