If your first impulse upon hearing that 17 kids have been murdered is to seek to make political capital of it, you are a ghoul. Dave Griffey at Daffey Thoughts gives us the details:
Note to Mark Shea: Thoughts and prayers are not garbage because one disagrees with your politics. God is bigger than that. And your politics and the Gospel of Jesus Christ are not one and the same. Jesus Christ is bigger than that. And the policies of the Democratic Party are not the way, the truth, and the life and the only potential path to salvation through Jesus. The working of the Holy Spirit is bigger than one party.
In short, one can be a good Christian, can love Jesus, can be obedient to God, can sincerely pray and conclude that perhaps the policies of the Democrats would not help in stopping this or similar tragedies. It’s what liberal Christians used to say to the Religious Right. It’s now what New Prolife Christians need to hear.
|From Mark’s post on the shooting: his appraisal of prayer’s efficacy if not linked to Mark’s political opinions|
It’s bad enough that our political leaders and others in our nation have decided to blaspheme God by subverting prayer for the sake of politics. But that Christian leaders or apologists do the same in fealty to a political agenda makes me sick. I will not address this blasphemy again. I only did it to warn those who seek to petition God through prayers and charity not to be misled into such heresy. What should be done with a professional representative of the Faith who advocates such things I’ll leave to others to work out.
Now it’s back to what Christians and all people of goodwill should be doing, and that’s weeping with the dead and those who are suffering, and lifting up our hearts and minds to God, through Jesus Christ if believers we are. There will be time to look for solutions, and possibly even look at the heart and soul of a nation that has come this far. But not now.