Christian right folks just love their prayer rallies, especially when they’re running for office. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is doing his second one of the campaign season, joining South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley for six hours of prayer and fasting because we’re apparently a “nation in crisis.”
A Christian group called American Renewal Project will host a major prayer meeting this Saturday at the North Charleston Coliseum to “pray and fast for America.” The six-hour event, which is being billed as “The Response SC,” will feature South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley and Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal as two of the day’s speakers.
A press release for the event states that the biblical response to a nation in crisis is “to gather in humility and repentance and ask God to intervene.” It describes the meeting as “a historic gathering of people from across the nation to pray and fast for America” that hopes to draw some 10,000 people to “worship God, seek repentance and pray for reconciliation, reformation and revival.”
The encounter, which will be live-streamed by Breitbart News, is being billed as an inter-faith meeting to pray “for those in need, for life, for strong families and just laws.”
Yeah, it’s an “inter-faith meeting.” It’s a lot like the honky tonk bar in the Blues Brothers — we got both kinds, Baptists and Pentecostals. One really has to wonder, though, why all the previous prayer rallies haven’t done anything to fix the “nation in crisis.” I mean, there are several of these things a year, organized by political candidates, non-profit groups, churches and other entities. Millions of people participate. Why hasn’t God answered all those other prayers? Is there some magic number of people that has to be hit before he’ll do anything? Are they not using precisely the right words? The Bible says that if a mere two people ask for something in Jesus’ name, it will be done. They’ve got millions of people praying and nothing has changed at all.
It’s almost like all this prayer stuff is bullshit being exploited for political gain, or something. Nah, can’t be.