When a tragedy strikes, it seems natural for those affected to ask for people’s prayers and for those concerned to pray for the victims. This held true with the recent shootings in Colorado Springs and San Bernadino. But this time, multiple pundits and media figures mocked those who were praying. Prayer won’t solve the problem, went the theme, gun control will!
Lutheran journalist Mollie Hemingway has written a piece about this that you need to read all the way through. She cites the various commentators and publications that indulged in this “prayer shaming.” She then showed how they too are praying with unquestioning faith to their omnipotent deity–the federal government! She concludes with an excellent discussion of what Christian prayer is and why it is important. I’ll quote the first few paragraphs after the jump, but then click the link to read the whole thing. [Read more…]