With a unanimous vote in the senate last week, Louisiana lawmakers declared Sunday to be a day of prayer for the disaster in the gulf. They called on people of all faiths to chime in their supplications.
“Thus far efforts made by mortals to try to solve the crisis have been to no avail. It is clearly time for a miracle for us,” state Senator Robert Adley said in a prepared statement.
Let’s do some simple inferential deduction. You, Mr. Adley, are a Southern Republican, and also a man of prayer. If you toe the party line like a good GOP elephant, then you likely vote mostly Republican--if not always--and certainly in presidential elections. So it’s probably fair speculation on my part that leading up to the 2000 election, you were praying to God with might and main that George Bush win, that you voted for Bush, and that afterwards you offered up your heartfelt thanksgiving to God for prayer answered.
If that is the case—and we know the scenario was played out by millions of fundamentalist ‘Christians’—then the blood started to drip off your fingers the moment you struck that death blow with your vote. The blood of the earth in the gulf, Iraqi and Afghani blood, American blood, economic blood, cultural blood—your hands are drenched in it. Ironic, if the inconveniently green Al Gore had been elected, his Mineral Management Service might have been enforcing regulation rather than become the drug fueled brothel the Bush Cheney Halliburton BP beast trampled it into, and you'd be enjoying the gulf instead of praying for it. If God gave you exactly what you asked for, you have NO right to complain. Do you also pray that God keep pace with your caprices?
Well is it written of you hypocrites in Isaiah (1:15-17): And when ye spread forth your hands, I will hide mine eyes from you: yeah, when ye make many prayers, I will not hear: your hands are full of blood. Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes; cease to do evil; learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow.
Notwithstanding that the Republican philosophy ignores everything God would have of you in that verse, you’d better prepare to pray for mercy if He finds you complicit and holds you accountable for the tragedy in the gulf when He fulfills this prophecy from Revelation (11-18), And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that thou shouldest give reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and great; and shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth.