I think it’s ingenuous for President Trump to suggest churches reopen on Sunday because the nation certainly needs more prayer. It’s not the gesture I would associate very closely with President Trump, a strange man, often married, who thinks nothing of trying to wreck the lives of people who disagree with him.
I wonder how God feels about that?
Of course, we just can’t know. But what we can know is that the President has used churches whenever he can for political support or endorsement of his most ridiculous ideas. How I feel about all of this is that if God wanted a wall between us and Mexico, he would have put one there.
And how I feel about reopening of churches probably will not ride well with those Trump followers who are believers, who think God places himself on a side in a political contest. I want you to know that I do believe in God, but I am in no way at all assured about how he acts or thinks in response to prayer.
We lapsed Catholics (fact is, there ARE no lapsed Catholics. We are just folks waiting for it to make sense again) are not sure God hears prayers of anyone these days, and if she does, she doesn’t appear to give a tinker’s damn about any of them.
Have you lost a loved one in this current scourge? How about in a car wreck, in a war, in a crime, whatever that might be. You may have noted that prayer simply could not stop that from happening.
It’s why those of us who lived a prayerful life at one point spread our requests across such a broad field of need. We prayed for specific things. We prayed for generalities. We prayed in the huddle at football games. We prayed for all kinds of ridiculous things we were never meant to have, else we would’ve had them.
I sort of draw the prayer line these days at my family. I want God to protect my family. I don’t particularly care about myself. I’m not being noble. I just don’t think I’m worth the effort these days compared to the effort I am willing to put into my family. So, that’s what you need to pray for, your families.
But don’t make the mistake of thinking you have to go to church to do that. If you want to, that’s fine with me. But as Christians, we were taught to believe that God is always with us, and I believe that is so, even in our darkest, most desperate moments. My assumption is he is just as distressed as I am about … whatever. He’s just not going to do anything about it. We have free will and free choice, so it’s kind of all on us.
If you want to pray for someone, pray for President Trump, the person in the picture most in need of forgiveness and wisdom, to my mind. That’s where your prayers should go.