Southern Baptists Want You to Pray for Marriage

Like many other Christian right groups, the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission is encouraging its members to say prayers, at a specific time (the morning of the oral argument at the Supreme Court) and in a specific manner.

We are inviting you to join other organizations and churches that will set aside time on the morning of April 28 at 10 a.m. EDT to appeal to God to preserve marriage in our land. You can help us spread the word by changing the avatar on your social media accounts and posting with the hashtag #PrayForMarriage.

Here’s a sample prayer guide:

  • God designed marriage as a way to prosper creation and to reflect his gospel (Gen. 2; Rom. 13; Eph. 5). Pray that all people, including governing authorities, would honor the institution of marriage.
  • God can turn the hearts and minds of the justices to do his will (Prov. 21:1). Pray for the Supreme Court justices, that they would be receptive to the arguments being made passionately before them.
  • God can guide the mind and speech (Exod. 4:11-12). Pray for lead attorneys who will be arguing on behalf of the states seeking to uphold marriage. Ask God to give them clarity and wisdom, for their arguments to be persuasive, and for God to give them favor before the justices.
  • God can give understanding to make sound decisions (Prov. 2:6-8). Pray for those who disagree with us, that God would help them understand and respect the opinions of those whose definition of marriage is grounded in the biblical witness.
  • God is sovereign (Gen. 50:20). We ought to pray and hope for the best but plan for what Justice Scalia predicted in 2013: “As far as this Court is concerned, no one should be fooled; it is just a matter of listening and waiting for the other shoe.” Even in the event of a bad decision, marriage will always be what marriage truly is.

This raises so many questions. Are prayers offered at a specific time more likely to be answered than at other times? Do they have to hit a certain number of people praying before God will listen, like the White House petition page? If they don’t follow this guide and just ad lib their prayers, are they less effective? And what about all the people praying for the opposite result? How will we know which side got their wish? And will the side that doesn’t get their wish admit that their prayers didn’t work or will they find some fanciful rationalization for why it didn’t? Inquiring minds wanna know.

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  • http://freethoughtblogs.com/wwjtd JT Eberhard

    And when it doesn’t work, boy are the going to track down the person who said “We should pray” instead of “We ought to pray” and ruined the whole damn thing.

    Because god can intervene, but apparently won’t do it until the right words are uttered.

  • roggg

    I’m confused…is someone proposing we get rid of traditional marriage?

  • Mr Ed

    Will everyone here please pray I get home quickly today. If I get stopped for speeding I can point to your prayers as the reason I pressed the accelerator, God did it.

    So much for the whole free will thing if God can get in your head and muck around.

  • Chiroptera

    Even in the event of a bad decision, marriage will always be what marriage truly is.

    Then what’s the problem?

  • dugglebogey

    Christians are gonna pray. I know you love mocking them for this, but why do you get so fixated on the least harmful thing they do?

  • John Pieret

    And will the side that doesn’t get their wish admit that their prayers didn’t work or will they find some fanciful rationalization for why it didn’t?

    The same fanciful rationalization they always use: Satan won out again over their omnipotent God.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    This seems awfully dangerous. What happens if they have too much prayer?

  • ed440

    Pray for those who disagree with us, that God would help them understand and respect the opinions of those whose definition of marriage is grounded in the biblical witness.

    I do understand. But your silly superstition doesn’t get to say what everyone must conform to no matter how much you want it.

    So gays get married. Big whoopty do. It doesn’t affect your “traditional” marriage one bit.

  • eric

    I like the “change the avatar” idea. Evidently, God is an internet lurker.

  • busterggi

    Perhaps they should pray towards Mecca, I understand billions of people swear by it.

  • grumpyoldfart

    Prayers don’t work. Whenever the Pope gets sick millions of Catholics pray for him to live. That has been going on for 2,000 years and so far they’ve all died.

  • anubisprime

    Desperate, peeved, and resentful little hippity hoppity bunnies are they not?

    Still , what I would give to see the look on their faces when the Supreme court releases their deliberations in favor of SSM…just to hear the excuses would provide enough giggles for a week of Sunday’s.

    But I suppose that it all depends on that Supreme Court decision, the general feeling of knife edge with a vague bias towards success for SSM is the taste of teh inta’tubes, but until the fat lady sings and all that.

    I hope it goes as well as most rational folk believe it will…for it not to is just unconscionable.

  • Michael Heath

    Consider how delusionally idiotic one must be to believe in this bullcrap. It’s embarrassing to be a human sometimes.

  • felidae

    I’m sure their god is up there with his cosmic tote board counting the prayers as they come in and deciding whether or not to smite the sodomites

  • tbp1

    The problems inherent in intercessory prayer, many of which Ed brings up, are among the many reasons I am no longer a believer.

  • anubisprime

    If SCOTUS ratifies SSM as a legitimate practice under the law of the land…

    Surely any god worth his adoration would have meant the ratification to be so therefore anyone that protests that ratification is going against the will of the god who they boast about being omnipotent and wise and his will shall be done, anyone protesting the ratification is surely defying their god’s will and doing it rather publicly …

    Will they, under their own rules mind, not go to hell then?

    Because if they pray and mumble utter balderdash and their god refuses to heed their bigotry, that should in itself tell them that god approves of SSM, and further complaint of his will is blasphemy and heresy…they might as well chain themselves to the stake and burn in abject misery to cleanse themselves of the sin of betrayal.

    Bet they won’t though!

  • lordshipmayhem

    I recall that study of the power of prayer reported in the New York Times: patients tended to suffer worse outcomes when they knew their well-being was being prayed for than when they didn’t or when nobody was praying for them.

    That means that gender equality in marriage is more certain now than ever before.

  • Synfandel

    grumpyoldfart said:

    That has been going on for 2,000 years and so far they’ve all died.

    All but two.

  • U Frood

    I thought they were opposing gay marriage because God does not like gay marriage.

    If God does not like gay marriage and he can answer prayers to stop gay marriage, why doesn’t he just do it without prayers?

  • lola

    Apparently these don’t know that the biblical definition of marriage is not what they are practicing.

  • tfkreference

    I fully support this effort and encourage them to pray more – especially on Election Day, when they should stay home and pray ALL day.

  • tbp1

    @#19: I have often wondered the same thing about abortion. If God dislikes it so much, and is, you know, all-powerful, why doesn’t he just put an end to it, since he could do so effortlessly? Seemingly, though, he will only do it when the right number of people pray the right prayers enough times. It’s very puzzling.

  • dingojack

    Chiroptera (#4) has already commented on this, but notice their claim that:

    Even in the event of a bad decision, marriage will always be what marriage truly is.”

    This sounds a lot like an admission that marriage equality will cause no harm whatsoever to them or their marriages.

    So what was their legal standing to oppose it? Have they been wasting the court’s time? Is that contempt of court?

    Dingo

  • caseloweraz

    We are inviting you to join other organizations and churches that will set aside time on the morning of April 28 at 10 a.m. EDT to appeal to God to preserve marriage in our land.

    God must have a very full schedule if the first slot he has to hear prayers is over two weeks away. No wonder so many natural disasters hit the pious folks.

    You can help us spread the word by changing the avatar on your social media accounts and posting with the hashtag #PrayForMarriage.

    Uh-oh — that link to the avatar is untrusted. You should pray that God fixes it. Oh, right: his schedule is already full.

  • caseloweraz

    Does anyone else have the urge to make sarcastic replies to the questions in the ads, with their odd capitalization?

    Is This The Sexiest Woman In Sports Today?

    I don’t know, but perhaps One Weird Trick would settle the matter.