This past week, secularist gun control hawks cursed offers of prayer for the victims of the terror attack in San Bernardino. Their lack of response to their own beloved president’s offer of prayers for the same illustrates how painfully flatulent their hot air has become. Yet the attack on prayer morphed into a vendetta, thanks to the cover of the New York Daily News. We are to believe that God, not Islamic terror, is our greatest enemy today. Those who profess faith in God to the extent that they express love for their neighbor to the heavenly throne are Enemy Number One. How should we respond to terror, then? With choruses of “Imagine” and conferences on quack science, of course.
“Nothing is new under the sun,” which is why what the prophet Isaiah wrote 3,000 years ago remains applicable today:
Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness; Who substitute bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter! Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes And clever in their own sight!
People do not give credence to God because they see themselves as superior to God. When the solutions they attempt fail to work, people make up problems in order to generate solutions that are as mystical as they are unnecessary. Radical Islamic terror is real. Dubbing it “workplace violence” and passing more gun control laws does not stop it. Therefore, we must stop investigating Islam and instead re-focus our energy on greening the planet because climate change is what’s really going to kill us all. Yes, Virginia, it is as nonsensical as it sounds.
Instead of going on the defense against yet another attack on Biblical faith, we should be going on the offense. They do not want us to pray, therefore we should pray harder and more often. We should pray publicly. We, Jews and Christians, should pray together. This is not only offensive to those who demand our silence; it is a sign that we are not distracted by their make-believe solutions to their make-believe problems. Our prayer is a reminder that we see what’s wrong in the world, and we trust the God who can fix what human leaders don’t.
Prayer is more threatening and empowering than any physical weapon. When the Israelites marched out to battle, a group of men praising God led the way. There were times when God removed the threat before any battle could take place. A public profession of praise was enough to storm the enemy’s gates and win. There is nothing unBiblical about arming yourselves in accordance with the law. The key is to employ every weapon in your arsenal to your best advantage.
Prayer is a strong weapon. That is why we are discouraged from using it. Prayer is mocked, derided and used more often than not as a political ploy precisely because it is so inexplicably powerful when employed by a sincere heart. Only a fool would think otherwise.