This has been the worst series of terrible news in many decades. Houston, Florida, and P.R. Hurricanes, Mexico Earthquake, a Norcal Firestorm, NYC Terrorism, and massive killing in Vegas and DC. Leftists haters have been mocking Christian Prayer. Share these responses
From The WSJ:
Imagine you are a sane Democrat who recognizes that a big reason Hillary Clinton lost to Donald Trump in November was that she alienated many members of the white working class. In the year since, you have been working on your fellow Democrats to change their message in hopes of wooing these voters back into the fold. Then a gunman opens fire at a Baptist church in Texas, and suddenly progressives are in full deplorable mode, attacking anyone who dares offer . . . prayers.
This is the extraordinary turn of events since Devin Patrick Kelley turned his rifle on the innocent churchgoers inside First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas. What provoked the left, if it can really be called a provocation, was President Trump’s statement from Japan Sunday, in which he said that “our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and families of today’s horrible and murderous attack.” House Speaker Paul Ryan likewise set off the furies by tweeting, “The people of Sutherland Springs need our prayers right now.”
The responses have to be read to be believed. Here’s one of the more charming: “The murdered victims were in a church,” tweeted actor Wil Wheaton to Mr. Ryan. “If prayers did anything, they’d still be alive, you worthless sack of [expletive].”
Sen. Elizabeth Warren chose less inflammatory wording for her own tweet. “Thoughts & prayers are not enough, GOP,” wrote the Massachusetts Democrat. “We must end this violence. We must stop these tragedies. People are dying while you wait.” In short, if you are a Republican praying instead of passing gun control, you’ve got blood on your hands.
The Huffington Post devoted an entire piece to the phenomenon, under the headline “People Fed Up With ‘Thoughts and Prayers’ Demand Action After Texas Church Massacre.” It featured tweets from celebrities and gun-control advocates who believe they had discovered something big: Prayers aren’t always answered.
Here’s how these new theologians put it. Keith Olbermann: “ ‘Thoughts and prayers’ again, @realDonaldTrump, idiot? These people were in CHURCH. They WERE praying.” Actress Marina Sirtis: “To all those asking for thoughts and prayers for the victims in #churchshooting, it seems that your direct line to God is not working.” Or MSNBC’s Joy Reid: “Remember when Jesus of Nazareth came upon thousands of hungry people, and rather than feeding them, thought and prayed?”
The smugness is illuminating in three important ways. First and most obvious, progressives simply cannot contain their distaste toward symbols and beliefs important to ordinary Americans. Until Sunday this columnist thought it impossible to match the obtuseness of millionaire athletes showing disrespect for the national anthem and the fans who pay their salaries. But give credit where it’s due: the thoughts-and-prayers police make the NFL protesters look like Gandhis.
Second, those doing the taunting apparently have no idea how childish their understanding of prayer is. As the families that come each week to the First Baptist Church appreciate, prayer is not a magic talisman against suffering. In a faith that commands its adherents to pick up their crosses, prayer is a way to praise the Almighty and, when necessary, ask for courage and resolve to do the right thing.
Finally, isn’t it curious how the same folks who blasted Mr. Trump for politicizing the recent attack in Manhattan by an Islamic terrorist are now denouncing prayer because of a political preference?
They believe the answer is federal gun control, and this is their right. But it’s hard not to notice they believe this with an absolute faith that seems immune to reason or evidence to the contrary—a secular faith even the most fervent Christian might envy. Or that in their disdain for prayer they ironically appear to have more in common with the shooter than his victims.
Surely it is possible to make the case for gun control without mocking prayer. But as with Mrs. Clinton and her infamous remarks about Trump voters—not only deplorable but irredeemable—those denouncing Messrs. Trump and Ryan’s offer of prayers don’t really want an argument. They want to express their feelings of moral superiority.
Never mind, too, that Barack Obama offered his “thoughts and prayers” as often as any president, such as after a 2013 shooting in Washington when he said, “We send our thoughts and prayers to all at the Navy Yard who’ve been touched by this tragedy.” No one complained then, either because they were comfortable that Mr. Obama didn’t really believe in prayer or his faith in gun control was absolute.
Over the next few weeks, the surviving members of the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs will wrap their fallen in love and lay them to rest. What these survivors may individually believe about gun control is anyone’s guess. But it’s hard to believe that the way to their hearts is by mocking offers of prayer, even from Republicans.
Are Prayers Are ‘Enough’ After Church Shooting? Video
Just one day after the horrific shooting during a worship service at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, an MSNBC anchor asked a local pastor if he thought prayers were “enough” following such tragedies.
On Sunday morning, 26-year-old Devin Patrick Kelley opened fire on the congregation, killing at least 26 churchgoers and injuring another 20. Kelley, who eventually took his own life, was chased off by a gun owner and a nearby motorist.
While some took issue with those offering prayers, Pastor Paul Buford, who leads River Oaks Church, just two miles away from First Baptist Church, said prayers are “absolutely” enough in the midst of unthinkable horror.
“It’s only our faith in God that’s gonna get us through this, and it’s our faith in God that’s gonna say that we trust that everyone that was in that church that didn’t come out of there are present with their lord and savior right now,” Buford said. “Because the Bible tells us that to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord.”
“And as believers,” he continued, “we believe that happens.”
Buford went on to tell the MSNBC host Christians “know that prayer works,” saying that it brings comfort to those praying and those being prayed for.
The MSNBC reporter than pressed the pastor for an answer on how the government can stop tragedies like the one that happened Sunday from happening again. In response, Buford raised a critical point:
“The Word of God tells us that we are gonna face trials and tribulations, that evil is out there, and it’s doing everything it can to attack. We talk about it’s a gun issue, or we talk about a mental health issue. Well, as pastors and as Christians, we talk about it and say it’s not that. It’s a heart issue.
It’s the fact that we’re focused on the world, and we’re not focused on God. And if we were focused on the other, then we wouldn’t be having those things. We continue to push God out of our schools, out of our communities, out of our government. …
We’re in a spiritual battle, we believe, in this world. It’s evil against good. Now, we know that good is gonna overcome that.”
The Texas pastor made clear he wasn’t claiming Kelley’s attack was a direct response to removing God from the public sphere. However, Buford did say sin and evil will continue to thrive as long as we empower them.
focused on the world, and we’re not focused on God. And if we were focused on the other, then we wouldn’t be having those things. We continue to push God out of our schools, out of our communities, out of our government. …We’re in a spiritual battle, we believe, in this world. It’s evil against good. Now, we know that good is gonna overcome that.”The Texas pastor made clear he wasn’t claiming Kelley’s attack was a direct response to removing God from the public sphere. However, Buford did say sin and evil will continue to thrive as long as we empower them.
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