By citing Dr. James Dobson's prayer for rain to fall on Barack Obama and applying it to a frozen national mall where hundreds of thousands gathered to rally before the start of this year's 2014 March for Life ("Anti-abortion movement confronts a cold reality," Record-Courier, Jan. 24) Dana Milbank asserts that Christians received a taste of their own medicine by implying God's disapproval of the pro-life movement.
Stating that "various religious conservatives have said that hurricanes, earthquakes and other meteorological phenomena were divine punishment of wayward humans," Mr. Milbank quickly draws the conclusion that "the participants trudging about in snow and ice in Wednesday's March for Life" were themselves the wayward recipients of "the wrath of an angry God." Backing his deduction with Gallup polls that suggest little progress in the anti-abortion movement, he then went on to categorize the prayerful marchers as card-carrying members of the Republican Party and further declared them as carrying out a "war on women."
Dr. James Dobson's selfish petition for rain on someone else's parade was impertinent and ungrounded. His prayer, therefore, could never be associated or compared with the prayers of those who would travel hundreds of miles to gather together in the bitter cold. The thousands of people who sacrificed their time to march on the frozen streets of the nation's capital did so out of love for all of God's children.
While weather phenomena has and always will be mysterious in its timing, those in the deepest relationship of prayer with the Almighty know that He allows everything in order to accomplish His holy will. If God allows catastrophes such as hurricanes, earthquakes and tornadoes it is only to draw out a much greater good -- an act of divine mercy. This is the heart of Christian belief found in the ultimate tragedy-- the crucifixion and death of God's only begotten Son -- and triumph -- His glorious resurrection.
No matter what human beings experience on earth, Christian hope springs eternal. While prayers for an end to abortion continue amid trials and seeming losses, they nonetheless are offered knowing that God's timing is always perfect.The bitter cold experienced by the thousands who came to Washington in order that "all human beings might have life and have it to the full" (John 10:10) was an opportunity for them to unite their discomfort with the sufferings of their crucified Lord. This is the mysterious joy of the Christian faith -- a joy found in humility -- a joy found in any trial or circumstance.
Stephen M. Marchand, Randolph
~I read Milbank's piece and was reminded how post Katrina Leaders of the Sheep told their flocks how the hurricane was proof that God hates Homosexuals because He sent a hurricane to New Orleans to disrupt the Gays party. Even saw that "thought" in discussion forums.
I pointed out how if God actually hated homosexuals He would have waited a week till the Gays were in New Orleans.
Then I started thinking about the 2012 GOPpers convention being disrupted by Isaac ... Isaac ...
I think Milbank was only poking fun at the Leaders of the Sheep for their encouragement of their Flocks to pray for inclement weather to cause the Flocks enemies an inconvenience.
I think Milbank was having a giggle at the irony.
Thanks for reminding me why I'm very happy there is a First Amendment.
Not thet you people respect it.
Very good Taggr....
Matthew 7:21....Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. v22...Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? v23... And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity (Lawlessness).
Such people claim they know God, but they deny him by the way they live. They are detestable and disobedient, worthless for doing anything good. God will one day declare he knows them not, and will bid them depart from him.
Matthew 5:44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; 45 that ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.