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When You Pray…

Posted by Rick · January 24th, 2005 · No Comments

There’s a special joy that comes from being a Jew who reads the Christian Bible.

It’s the joy that comes from knowing something even the smartest of Christians don’t.

Fact is, Christians don’t have a clue what their G-d wants or expects of them, because so few of them have taken the time to read what was purportedly written to them by their G-d.


Viki, guest-blogging at Chepooka today, posted a letter said to be written by self-declared American Follower of Christ, Paul Harvey.

Paul asks — as do people of non-Christian religions everywhere in America today — “what’s the big deal about prayer in schools?”

But as another famous American pundit has said, “I’m not making this up”: Paul Harvey thinks Jesus is full of shit! After all, it was Jesus who reportedly said:

And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full. But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. Matthew 6:5-6 (New International Version)

But Paul, complaining because Christians can’t use the loudspeakers at high school football games to pray, notes,

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

That’s true, of course. And all very nice. But it misses one critical point: The Constitution of the United States has no bearing on what happens at football games in Jerusalem. Yet to some people — Paul Harvey, President Bush and quite a large number of neo-Pharisees excluded — it still means something in the United States.

Paul says,

I don’t think a short prayer at a football game is going to shake the world’s foundations.

Okay, Paul! Then you won’t mind a prayer of thanksgiving and a request for Satan to watch over our football players! It’s just a short prayer! Try that and see whether those foundations don’t vibrate a little. I don’t know, Paul: I suspect the angry, stampeding mob looking to stomp the cheeks of anyone offering that prayer will shake more than their fists; gnash more than their teeth.

Speaking of cheeks, Mr. Harvey points out that:

Christians are just sick and tired of turning the other cheek while our courts strip us of all our rights.

Oddly enough, there doesn’t appear to be anything in the Bible — certainly not in the words attributed to Jesus — that says, “Turn the other cheek for a little while. Then get sick of it and force the other side to accept that ‘you won’t take it anymore.'” Could you just imagine Jesus ripping himself from the cross with the words, “I’ve had enough of this crap!” as he decimated those who put him there?

Mr. Harvey says,

It’s time the majority rules!

Well, that’s fine. In the United States, the majority does “rule.” But they do so within the confines of the Constitution of the United States of America. Why? Because the Constitution was expressly designed to protect the rights of the minority from the overbearing power of the majority. This cry — “it’s time the majority rules!” — in that context can be seen as a call for the abolition of the Constitution of the United States.

Frankly, I love the United States of America. Unlike numerous liberals — rightly teased relentlessly for it — who say they’re going to have to leave the country if this or that conservative agenda prevails, I’m willing to fight for the same ideals that drove our Founders to establish this country in the first place.

My suggestion? If Christians don’t like the Constitution of the United States…if Christians cannot handle the idea of freedom not just to practice their religion, but for others to enjoy the constitutional freedom from having religion imposed upon us in a way that Christians would not tolerate if the situation were reversed and we were imposing our religious practices upon them at every public event, then I suggest Christians consider moving to another country (if any will have them).

Just quit trying to overthrow the government established by the liberal, freedom-loving Founders of the United States who came here to escape hypocritical theocrats over 200 years ago.

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