Last week we had a new Lord Mayor for our city. He is a secularist and abandoned prayers before council meetings.This was unpopular amongst councillors of all religious faiths. Our Bishop was really nice and said it did not matter and that he would pray for the council anyway. Yesterday the Lord Mayor was doing a really big unveiling at the new library with a 100+ school children present- and in the midst of the ceremony his trousers fell down exposing his undies to all the kids! We are all now saying "God moves in mysterious ways" and hope he brings inter demonitational prayers back!
Funny story. I'm sure you meant interDENOMinational.. but even the demon ones might help. Maybe you could gift him with a pair of suspenders (braces) with Bible verses on them.
I'd say there's a message there. Or at the least a coincidence, from which observers can draw their own conclusions.
"Lightening striking" comes to mind.
Hope all the kids and the Lord Mayor had a good laugh and put this circumstance into the perspective it lends itself to.
What a hoot!
Just curious, what is the point of praying before a meeting?
To those to whom God is still a mystery are still deceived, thus they serve the false......
But there is TRUTH who will set you right .
What do you say when lightning strikes a church and burns it down?
Wrong religion, maybe?
Official prayers don't belong in government. Your Bishop is correct: nothing stops him or you from praying.
Or do you somehow believe that the forced participation of non-believers impresses your god? Is that its desire : coerced mouthing of solicitations by people who think it's all nonsense?
I strongly defend your right to pray wherever and whenever you wish. I do not support requiring others to join you.
I dont want to force anyone to pray to anyone. I live in a multi cultural city where everyone lives very happily together. I believe that the sikhs, hindus and muslims were just as upset that they could not direct their prayers to their spiritual leaders.
"coerced mouthing of solicitations" we run a church kids club where, because of the area, most kids are hindu or sikh. We pray and, if the kids dont want to pray we ask them to think nice things about people! We welcome all to church- even those who are not really interested in religion, just wanting company and a cup of tea- forget dogma and enjoy life!
Well, you say this, but in the beginning post you want to restore prayers to council meetings.
I wouldn't mind if someone stood up at the beginning of the meeting and said
"Let us take a moment to collect our thoughts and think about how we can work together to solve our problems. I ask those who wish to pray to consider their neighbors and do so silently or as quietly as they feel they can."
What you do in your church group is fine - nobody has to go to that. But people with no interest in praying, people who find such activity pointless or even offensive, can have reason or need to attend a council meeting.
You have ample opportunity to pray outside of public meetings, don't you? Does your god like you to annoy other people?
being an extremly reasonable person I think it is perfectly acceptable for people to do their own thing. I love what you have written- in fact I think it totally acceptable- perhaps the original post was made because I can and do feel comfortable in seeing " the lighter side" of life-
If you are trying to "bait" me, wrong person!
When you are in a crowd of people in public places and prayer is called to begin, do you pray even though you do not want to. No. You do not no one is forcing you to pray they are just asking you to give them the respect to pray for a minute before proceedings begin. It is not forced prayer. Come on.
A one minute lecture, yeah I could see it now one minute would turn into 30 minutes or more. So you do pray even thought you don't want to. I think not. You are not forced. If you were to pray as if a gun was to your head thats forced.
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