Good Government Prayers
Mother Davis folds her hands together and waits as she observes,
There’s been a lot of conspicuous public prayer – exactly the kind that the Christians’ Bible admonishes against – during the Inauguration and the first few hours of the Obama Administration. They prayed before the pre-Inauguration concert. They prayed at the religious service given to Barack Obama before he heard the prayer before the Inauguration and then the prayer after the Inauguration, and then the prayer at the Inaugural Luncheon, and then the party prayers, and finally the National Prayer Service (it wasn’t really national – did they have it in your town?).
All of these prayers have given credit to God for good American government. They’ve said that it’s God who makes good political leaders, and they’ve begged God to make sure that Barack Obama is a good President and that we have a good national government over the next four years.
One of the signs of a good national government is that it executes the law effectively and consistently. In order for that to happen, we need to have an Attorney General of the United States. That’s the person who’s the top law enforcement officer in the country.
Eric Holder has been the man Barack Obama nominated for the job. Now maybe Holder is the right person for the job, and maybe he isn’t. I’m inclined to say that Eric Holder is not the right person to become Attorney General, given the way that he has supported programs through which the government spies on people’s private lives, including American soldiers while they’re engaged in sexual activity with their wives and husbands, without getting a search warrant or otherwise proving that the spying is related to any suspicion of criminal activity. It’s important, though, whether Eric Holder is the right choice or not, that America gets an Attorney General without unnecessary delay.
Just such an unnecessary delay has taken place today, however. The Senate was scheduled to work on the confirmation of Eric Holder as Attorney General, but that work had to be canceled because several senators could not attend. Why couldn’t they make it? They said that they had to go to the National Prayer Service instead of coming to work.
These senators couldn’t do their duty to maintain good government because they wanted to go take part in prayers hoping that there would be good government.
These pray-to-play senators seem to agree with all the conspicuous inaugural prayers that it’s God, not people, who make government good. I say that the best government is one in which people actually show up to work, instead of just talking about work.
Who’s right? If people really believe that the source of good government is God, and not the actual people in government, then I propose an experiment to test their hypothesis. Instead of having senators, and congressional representatives, and judges, and Executive Branch officials show up to work, let’s have them just stay home and pray to God for the next year. On January 21, 2010, we’ll see just what kind of government God has delivered to us with all of that prayer for encouragement.
Shaking her hands to get the feeling back into them,