The success of Republican candidates on Tuesday has the Christian right declaring that it only happened because they prayed so hard for it to happen. Laurie Roth writes at BarbWire that it’s all because she told her audience to pray, like she has for years:
Obama could not control the prayers of God’s people asking Him to save our country and fix our mess.
Millions of Americans have been praying to the God of the Holy Bible for help since the beginning of this Obama nightmare. Believing Americans know that our God is bound by His own character and promises to deliver when we humble ourselves and trust Him. Tuesday the 4th was the beginning of America’s miracle…turning her back to greatness, freedom and her Christian roots.
For years I have been calling my radio and reading audience to prayer via Deuteronomy 7:14: “If my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven, then will I forgive their sins and heal their land.” There is much power in prayer, and the real God does answer prayer, folks.
Okay, so you’ve been telling people to pray for years, since the beginning of the Obama administration, and they’ve done so. And the fact that Republicans won this time proves that prayer works. But you weren’t saying that Obama’s reelection in 2012 meant that prayer fails, were you? This is called special pleading. When things go your way, you praise God; when they don’t, you don’t blame him for anything or admit that your prayers didn’t do any good.
Bryan Fischer does the same thing:
“It occurred to me last night,” Fischer said, that “a good part of Sunday night was a lot of these pastors in Houston and a lot of people all around the country kneeling in prayer on the floor of that auditorium, repenting of sins, seeking God for forgiveness for ourselves and for this land. And then, on Tuesday, we have this dramatic victory. I’ve got to believe there’s a connection there.”
Of course you’ve got to believe that, but there isn’t any evidence or even a coherent argument to support that belief. Millions of people were praying before the 2012 election to get Obama out of office too but they didn’t get what they wanted. Did God fail to answer those prayers then?
The whole idea of prayer, especially for something like this, is completely incoherent. There are only two options when those prayers were said:
1. The Republicans were going to win those seats anyway, in which case the prayers were irrelevant. Or,
2. The Republicans were not going to win those seats but the prayers convinced God to make sure they won, which requires that he change the minds of enough people who would otherwise have voted for Democrats and have them vote Republican instead. And if he did that, all that free will stuff that Christians like to talk about (except the Calvinists, of course) goes right out the window.
Take your pick.