Thursday Thoughts: Unity doesn't mean complicity



Today is National Day of Prayer for those who don't know. The idea behind the holiday is to bring people of "all faiths" together to pray for our country. (Side note: The National Day of Prayer Task Force is Christian and all the churches represented at the National Day of Prayer celebration I attended were Christian).

This year's theme is "unity." An article on the National Day of Prayer website reads: 
In all this, one thing is crystal clear: politics will not heal us, and government will not fix us. We need a massive prayer movement that will lead us back to God and bring healing to our land. That is my great hope for this date set apart for prayer and national repentance.

I can't speak for all National Prayer celebrations and events that occurred throughout the country today, however, I can say that the National Prayer event I attended had nothing but praise for Trump and the current administration.

It would be easy to conclude (or at least hope) that most of the National Day of Prayer celebrations didn't have this same issue but here is an excerpt from the prayer drafted by Ronnie Floyd, senior pastor at Cross Church and president of the National Day of Prayer Task Force:
We turn away from our contentious words and ways toward one another that have led us to division and polarization. We turn away from our disrespect and lack of dignity toward each other, and we turn from our continual devaluation of all human life from the womb until death in this world.

Floyd touches on the division and polarization that many in America feel but instead of addressing current political and social issues, he eventually advocates complicity saying: "We also turn away from, and refuse to, participate in skepticism, criticism, and cynicism in our nation." To lump criticism of the government with abortion is completely nuts and if I didn't know better, I'd swear he was ripping off a script from The Handmaid's Tale. 

I support prayer and I support freedom of religion. The utopic idea of "unity" is nice but not if it comes at the price of complicity.


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