Religion & Beliefs

You’re wrong… Let’s pray!

I'm not sure that this story is so much about prayer as the title indicates, but it makes me think…(and yeah, the Revealer almost always makes me think.) Not about Palestine (though that's worth a few ponderous moments too of … Read More

By / November 7, 2006

I'm not sure that this story is so much about prayer as the title indicates, but it makes me think…(and yeah, the Revealer almost always makes me think.)

Not about Palestine (though that's worth a few ponderous moments too of course) but about the process of praying for others.

Once, when I was in college in small-town Tennessee, I went to services with a friend, to her Presbyterian church. And at one point, we were all asked to join hands and pray for the "heathens."

There I was, holding hands with a bunch of Christians, praying for the salvation of my own fucking soul. I left. It was really hard and weird.

But here's the question…

Does praying for someone else to "come over to the truth" make you a supremacist?

I've always liked that Judaism allows for other people to "do their own thang" (see this morning's post) but growing up in the bosom of that ideology (which is not so much pluralism as "I don't give a shit what you do since you're wrong"-ism) makes it really hard to understand the exclusivity of my Christian friends.

And this article, at the Revealer, is interesting for me… because I do have a fundamentalist tendency when it comes to politics. So maybe politics is the bridge for me…. to understanding evangelical thinking.

I have really mixed feelings about that.