The totality of modern day Christianity can be summed up in a single cowardice, non-committal, don’t-get-involved, turn-the-other-cheek, four-letter-word . . . Pray.

In the wake of the unspeakable tragedy that unfolded at Sandy Hook elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut, droves of Christian clergymen are calling for prayers for the families and loved ones of the twenty children and six adults who were shot dead by a psychopath.

Is it just me or does prayer always seem to be a day late and a dollar short? As a supposed tool for divine protection and intervention, God’s track record for answering my prayers, frankly speaking, is abysmal.

In fact, the only prayer I ever remember God answering on the spot was when I prayed for a desperately needed roll of the number two at a craps table. But when I prayed to God as an orphan and foster child to not get beat up or sexually molested at the hands of the older foster boys, my prayers fell on deaf ears.
Later, in a military boarding school, I prayed every night not to get beat up by the older cadets or sexually molested by the man who oversaw the junior school where I bunked. But the more I prayed, the more frequently and violently I was molested. When I prayed for my sister and I not to be physically abused at the hands of our own parents, those prayers also fell on deaf ears.

So if you ask this iconoclastic Christian, prayer is overrated. Christendom doesn’t need prayer warriors; it needs real warriors – warriors with fire behind their faith, and balls behind their belief.
If Christians were one tenth as motivated to effect societal change as they are about gathering in masses to hear the “health and wealth,” “name it and claim it,” and “blab it and grab it” prosperity message, the United States of America wouldn’t be hijacked by secular progressives, Islamists and anarchists who have no regard for law and order, much less human life.
Christians gather in the comfort of their respective churches inside and away from the mainstream, while the atheists, anarchists, nihilists and Islamists congregate where societal change really takes place – in the public square!
I can’t help but wonder how prayer is going to help the families and loved ones of the victims of the Newtown massacre now. I think it’s the knowledge that so many people across the country are in fact praying for them that brings them a measure of solace and comfort – a spiritual placebo effect so to speak.

Moreover, I ask myself if the prayers are for the people they’re directed to or if they’re really for the ones doing the praying? Anymore, I’m inclined to look at prayer as a copout, a way to assuage one’s crisis of conscience for lack of action, let alone, moral and spiritual conviction.

The four most overrated and underwhelming words in all of Christendom are: “I’ll pray for you.” Sure, there is always the occasional believer who genuinely cares and prays in ernest but, by and large, the hypocrisy is overwhelming. I’d have more respect for the charlatan who was honest enough to convey the real message behind the trite four worded phrase . . . “Screw you, I’ve got my own problems.”
Our fellow Americans in Newtown, Connecticut don’t need our prayers as much as they need our show of solidarity, our sympathy, our empathy and our compassion. They need temporal support, e.g. a shoulder to cry on, a neighbor to mow their lawn, someone to cook and clean for them, someone to grocery shop for them, and a friend to grieve with them – real, genuine, I’m-right-here-by-your-side, physical and emotional support.

They also need our commitment to use the untimely death of their children and loved ones to prove the courage of our convictions, engage the cultural war, stand in the public square and reclaim the moral and ethical principles upon which our country was built. That goes for any and every concerned American, I’m not one of those people that believes Christians have a lock hold on morals, ethics and principles.
Show me a principled atheist with the courage, conviction and cojones to confront evil and love his neighbor like himself and I’ll show you a man after God’s own heart whether he claims to be a Christian or not.

We don’t have a gun crisis in this country; we have a cultural crisis – a societal collapse of decency, morals and ethics. Mass media, Hollywood, higher education institutions, video game makers, and even Commercial Christendom have all contributed to the degradation of American society.
It’s no longer about country, community and unity – it’s about self.

“Ask not what you can do for your country, but what your country can do for you!”
We give the national spotlight to such esteemed Americans as Snookie, Kim Kardashian and Honey Boo Boo while brave, self-sacrificing Americans who die on the battlefields of Afghanistan are relegated to the fine print of page 16 of the newspaper.

In the coming weeks and months there will be much debate about “gun control” and the need to ban certain types of firearms when in fact the real debate needs to be on how American society has become so depraved so rapidly.
More importantly, as a predominantly Christian nation, Christians need to have a “come to Jesus” meeting. Those with influence and power need to take their parishioners to task.
“This is where the rubber meets the road!” pastors should shout from the pulpit.
“Are you truly convicted or just religiously addicted?”

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