Prayers for Boston and America

April 15, 2013

The question of who is responsible will be debated for a while until all the details come out. Initial reports will place blame everywhere. The government, sadly, will probably use the sad event to push forward some new restriction on freedom as they it blames its adversaries. Of course, there will be floods of conspiracy theories. But what we should do now is pray.

Pray? Yes, pray.

Some of us may be able to immediately assist with the wounded in Boston. Others will need to track down those responsible for this cowardly act of murder (and terror). All of us will need to be a little/lot more vigilant. Yet, we still need to pray.

Some of you may not believe in God, and that’s your right. In that case, just sit back and contemplate the whole situation for a while. Dwell on the goodness of humanity and the innate love within all mankind. Then, meditate on the wonders of relativistic morality and rights of those who feel oppressed to act out bombastic rage. While your at it, blame all of this on religion. [See NOTE below] The rest of us need to pray.

Pray for wisdom. Pray for open eyes. Pray for those who are wounded. Pray for the families of those wounded and killed. Pray for the safety of those searching through the rubble for more explosives. Pray for the innocent, that they will not be blamed in an attempt to force an agenda. Pray for changed hearts.

Pray. Pray for boldness, for courage, and for endurance. Pray for the strength not to yield to those who want us to hide and cower in a corner. Pray for renewed awareness that there are enemies of freedom and peace. Pray for clarity to understand who the enemy is.

And while you are praying, on behalf of your nation, before a Holy God, confess and repent. Then, as so many of our fathers have done before us, we can pray with a clearer conscience, “God bless America!

NOTE: Any notion that I have attempted to label atheists as terrorists in paragraph four is misguided. I am sure there are terroristic atheists just as much as there are terrorists who kill in the name of any number of gods, but I am not labeling all atheists as terrorist any more than I would label all deists terrorists. The accusation that I would do so is silly. However, my apologies go out to all of the atheists who might have been offended by any offhanded or unintentional mischaracterization.

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17 responses to “Prayers for Boston and America

  1. Thank you for the reminder! I can’t believe I didn’t think of it earlier.

  2. Do you really believe that atheism equates to sympathy for terrorism and murder? If so, you are as ignorant as the morons who slaughter children in the name of God. I have known evil so-called Christians and Atheists with hearts of purist good. SHAME ON YOU!

    • Thank you for your comment, but it was obviously biased toward a misunderstanding of my point. I bear no shame.

      • Atheist here. I can confirm your point was misunderstood.

        However, the specter of “relativistic morality” is just that: a scapegoat. A way to explain away the actions of the “other” coupled with an innate and persistent failure to address those within your own sphere of ostensible moral revelation via divine ordinances.

        But you’re on point when you said we should reflect on the good in us. Patton Oswalt was spot on when he said that ” This is beyond religion or creed or nation. We would not be here if humanity were inherently evil. We’d have eaten ourselves alive long ago.”

        He concluded by mentioning the fact “The good outnumber you, and we always will.”

      • You equated atheism and failure to pray with sympathy for terrorism. I’m not an atheist but on behalf of the decent, caring, compassionate unbelievers I have known — including my mother and brother, may they rest in peace — I deeply resent the insinuation that failure to be religious on your terms equates in some way to sympathy for mass murderers. As someone who actually HAS lost friends to terrorist attacks, I find your statements deeply offensive. I don’t think I misunderstood anything at all. Your sactimony is not merely offensive, it is very UN-Christian. You accuse others of “probable opportunism” … what they are likely to do. But YOU are doing exactly what you say they MIGHT do — using the tragedy of others as a bully pulpit to promote your agenda. As I said, shame on you.

      • There is no “equating” going on, ma’am. I appreciate you taking the time and making the effort to comment, but if I may quote your own blog:

        “This is not a public forum. For good or ill, democracy does not prevail here. If you want a fight, you can’t have it here. I don’t want this site to be a battleground, nor do I want long disputes. There’s more than enough of that on social media sites. Therefore, on my site, when I say the conversation is over when I’ve had enough.”

  3. And also, who has ever defended the “rights of those who feel oppressed to act out bombastic rage.” ?

    • Those who have defended the actions of terrorist because they are only “misunderstood freedom fighters.”

      • Please cite a source defending terrorism.

      • If you only want a simple one that comes to mind, without getting specific, I would bring up the positive (or lack of negative) media attention given to Bill Ayers during the Obama campaigns. This is a man who is a confessed terrorists who wished he could have done more, but is now a celebrated professor. We evidently misunderstand him.

        Then there is this study that came out in 2012. It has some good points, admittedly, but the overall theme is that Islamic extremist are “misunderstood.”
        http://csc.asu.edu/wp-content/uploads/pdf/csc1202-quran-verses.pdf

        Just a quick search of old stories yielded this: http://newsbusters.org/node/3482. In this story we read of George Clooney’s desire to picture Saddam Hussein as a “benevolent Arab prince.” Why? Because he was misunderstood.

        Now, you did say, “cite a source defending terrorism.” In this case I cited a few quick sources defending the notion that the terrorist is misunderstood, therefore insinuating that his act may be justifiable, depending on the situation. But as I write this, I am reminded of the abominable acts (alleged) that Nelson Mandela and the Umkhonto we Sizwe carried out in South Africa back in the 1960’s. Pulling someone’s tongue through his throat and putting burning auto tires around people were considered acts necessary to procure freedom. He is now a hero.

      • That study does not, in any way, defend the actions of terrorists. It’s a study that aims to detail how / why terrorists or extremists justify their actions via the Koran. If anything, it’s a harsh rebuke of such behavior.

        And then we have George Clooney quoted in NewsBusters, an organization dedicated to “combating the liberal media bias.” Not only is his quote out of context it is not, once again, defending “bombastic rage.”

        My point is that you said this, if I may quote it directly:

        “Then, meditate on the wonders of relativistic morality and rights of those who feel oppressed to act out bombastic rage.”

        If you weren’t referring to unbelievers when you cited the “wonders of relativistic morality” then who were you referring to? And if you were, you committed false equivalence when you compared them to some kind of support for “rights” of people who act out in rage.

        Either way, I think it’s an unfair comparison.

      • Then, if you feel it necessary to split the sentence in order to better reflect your stance, then do so. You “meditate on the wonders of moralistic relativity” while others “meditate…on the rights of those who feel oppressed [enough] to act out [in] bombastic (play on words) rage.”

      • In a post (your post) about terrorism in Boston, you said [people like me] should “meditate on the wonders of relativistic morality.”

        What wonders are we reflecting on, exactly?

        More to the point, did you mean to equate terrorist activity to a lack of belief in God, a god, or an otherwise spiritual persuasion? Because that’s what you did.

      • Let me be very frank with you, even though I don’t really know how Frank feels about me posing as him. The reason I even brought you friendly atheists up in the first place is because it was a post about prayer. You could say that I was “venting” prematurely in anticipation of derogatory comments regarding the “Whom” to which the prayers would be offered.

        If it would make you happy; if it would make you feel better; if it would make the other lady who commented want to squeegee away the “shame,” then I would be happy to retract my statement. For all I know, to be honest, you don’t even meditate. And, if there are no wonders which you see in your completely relativistic, humanistic world on which you can meditate, and if that notion offends you, then, again, I would be happy to retract. Please notice that I did edit the post.

      • I appreciate that Anthony.

        I understand what it’s like to vent, especially in light of a situation like the one in Boston, and I don’t fault you for it.

        I don’t meditate, though sometimes I wonder if I should. What have I got to lose, right? But I do think about people a lot. And bad things happening to people makes me sad, just like you.

        Anyway, thanks for hearing me out…

  4. All I would like to point out is that you put the date “April 15, 2012” instead of “April 15, 2013”.

    Thank you.

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