Mr. President, Why Can’t You Just Fake It?

G.W. knew how to get the most out of the National Day of Prayer, but President Obama is letting this great photo-op pass him by…

[White House Press Secretary] Gibbs said Obama prays privately and his plan for the day was in line with those of past presidents. Still, Obama drew a rebuke from the National Day of Prayer Task Force, a private group that promotes prayer events around the country.

“We are disappointed in the lack of participation by the Obama Administration,” said task force chairwoman Shirley Dobson, wife of Focus on the Family founder James Dobson. “At this time in our country’s history, we would hope our President would recognize more fully the importance of prayer.”

The first thing the President needs to recognize is that you get zero political capital out of praying privately. Even ‘Joe the Plumber’ gives the press updates on what God is telling him to do. If Sam Wurtzelbacher runs for office, you can be sure he has the God endorsement in his pocket.

Mr. Obama can learn a lot from reading the Bible. Jesus made some reckless remark to the effect that God liked the silent prayer of a tax collector better than public piety (Luke 18:9-14) , and later compared some very distinguished clergy to whitewashed graves.( Matthew 23:27)

And look what they did to Him!

Of course, Jesus was executed for blasphemy by a collusion of church and state–could never happen here. The Freedom From Religion Foundation is worried about having a National Day of Prayer at all, but the occasion has been observed since 1952 and has given so many politicians a chance to display their profound and sincere spirituality that it would be mean to deprive them.

Praying into a microphone in front of a cheering crowd seems kind of bizarre when you consider that God is omniscient. And prayer seems kind of intimate, really. But public baring of the soul is very popular with some constituencies. You wonder why the President can’t make an appearance and, you know, fake it. But maybe the Obamas, with their busy schedule, needed some time to focus on their own family. We the people can rest assured that James and Shirley Dobson are focusing on ours. Make sure you pull the shades down.

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3 responses

  1. From Mark Twain’s ‘A War Prayer’;
    “O Lord our Father, our young patriots, idols of our hearts, go forth to battle – be Thou near them! With them – in spirit – we also go forth from the sweet peace of our beloved firesides to smite the foe. O Lord our God, help us to tear their soldiers to bloody shreds with our shells; help us to cover their smiling fields with the pale forms of their patriot dead; help us to drown the thunder of the guns with shrieks of their wounded, writhing in pain; help us to lay waste their humble homes with hurricanes of fire; help us to wring the hearts of their unoffending widows with unavailing grief; help us to turn them out roofless with their little children to wander unfriended the wastes of their desolated land in rags and hunger and thirst, sports of the sun flames of summer and the icy winds of winter, broken in spirit, worn with travail, imploring Thee for the refuge of the grave and denied it – for our sakes who adore Thee, Lord, blast their hopes, blight their lives, protract their bitter pilgrimage, make heavy their steps, water their way with tears, stain the white snow with the blood of their wounded feet! We ask it, in the spirit of love, of Him Who is the Source of Love, and Who is the ever-faithful refuge and friend of all that are sore beset and seek His aid with humble and contrite hearts. Amen.”

  2. Maybe Obama is a secret Buddha?

    Believe nothing on the faith of traditions,
    even though they have been held in honor
    for many generations and in diverse places.
    Do not believe a thing because many people speak of it.
    Do not believe on the faith of the sages of the past.
    Do not believe what you yourself have imagined,
    persuading yourself that a God inspires you.
    Believe nothing on the sole authority of your masters and priests.
    After examination, believe what you yourself have tested
    and found to be reasonable, and conform your conduct thereto.

    Buddha

  3. Then there was that Jesus guy–Matthew 6:5-6
    Matthew 6: 5-6

    5And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.

    6But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.

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