Saturday, August 06, 2005

Talking To God


Every once in a while, one of those internet essays comes along that is just too good and too true to pass up. This one is about prayer in public places and events. Wrongly attributed to Paul Harvey, it was actually written by Nick Gholson, a sports writer for the Times Record News in Wichita Falls, Texas. Gholson's September 1999 essay decried the prohibition against prayer at high school football games.

This essay is as fitting today (if not more so) than it was when written six years ago. I could not find the original essay anywhere, so I'm not sure how complete this is... the meat of it is in there, though.

Take this prayer deal. It's absolutely ridiculous.

Some atheist goes to a high school football game, hears a kid say a short prayer before the game and gets offended. So he hires a lawyer and goes to court and asks somebody to pay him a whole bunch of money for all the damage done to him.

You would have thought the kid kicked him in the crotch.

Damaged for life by a 30-second prayer? Am I missing something here?

I don't think a short prayer at a football game is going to shake the world's foundations. Nor do I believe that not praying will result in more serious injuries on the field or more fatal car crashes after the game.

In fact, I'm not so sure God would even be at all these games if he didn't have to be. That's just one of the down sides of omnipresence. Do you think God Almighty himself would have watched Spearman beat Panhandle 50-0 Friday night if he didn't have to?

If God really liked sports, the Russians would never have won a single gold medal, New York would never play in a World Series and Deion's toe would be healed by now.

If I didn't believe in Santa Claus, I wouldnt sue someone for singing a Ho-Ho-Ho song in December. I don't agree with Darwin, but I don't call my lawyer because I was taught his theory in school.

Life, liberty or your pursuit of happiness will not be endangered because someone says a 30-second prayer before a football game.

So what's the big deal? It's not like somebody is up there reading the entire book of Acts. They're just talking to a God they believe in and asking him to grant safety to the players on the field and the fans going home from the game.

"But it's a Christian prayer," some will argue.

Yes, and this is the United States of America, a country founded on Christian principles. According to our very own phone book, Christian churches outnumber all others better than 200-to-1. So what would you expect-somebody chanting Hare Krishna?

If I went to a football game in Jerusalem, I would expect to hear a Jewish prayer.

If I went to a soccer game in Baghdad, I would expect to hear a Muslim prayer.

If I went to a ping pong match in China, I would expect to hear someone pray to Buddha.

And I wouldn't be offended. It wouldn't bother me one bit.

When in Rome...

"But what about the atheists?" is another argument.

What about them? Nobody is asking them to be baptized. We're not going to pass the collection plate. Just humor us for 30 seconds. If that's asking too much, bring a Walkman or a pair of ear plugs. Go to the bathroom. Visit the concession stand.

But no... they have to call their lawyer!

Unfortunately, one or two will make that call. One or two will tell thousands or millions what they can and cannot do. I don't think a short prayer at a football game is going to shake the world's foundations.

Christians are just sick and tired of turning the other cheek while our courts strip us of all our rights. Our parents and grandparents taught us to pray before eating; to pray before we go to sleep.

Our Bible tells us to pray without ceasing. Now a handful of people and their lawyers are telling us to cease praying.

God, help us. And if that last sentence offends you, well ... just sue me.

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...and now, I will add some more gratuitous religious statements...

God bless us one and all ... especially those who denounce Him. God bless America, despite all her faults. She is still the greatest nation of all.

God bless our service men who are fighting to protect our right to pray and worship God.




Anonymous Anonymous said...


6/8/05 16:29  
Blogger Barbara said...

And, God bless you for putting this on your blog! The world needs to be reminded more that Christians aren't door mats, and we won't lie down to be walked on!

13/8/05 20:26  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The lunatic liberal fringe accuse us of trying to turn the United States into a theocracy when all we want is a return of the religious freedoms we were guaranteed in the United States Constitution. The first amendment was intended to keep the state out of religion NOT religion out of the state. They like to pretend the part that says, "or prohibiting the free exercise of" doesn't exist. I think Christians are finally getting their fill of the liberals' twisting of the first amendment. Hands down the best website out there on this issue is I highly recommend every concerned citizen visit this website to educate yourself on the history of the founders and the Constitution.


15/8/05 16:16  

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