Sunday Sermon: Sparrows vs. Pelicans

A few questions for the Louisiana lawmakers designating today as a day of prayer for divine intervention in the BP oil spill:

Do you think God isn’t aware of the spill, or isn’t aware that we’d prefer not to have it? I thought God noticed when a sparrow dies — does God have some special thing for sparrows, or against pelicans, or something?

Couldn’t you guys have done this a couple months ago? Or, say, 1 month ago, when it was abundantly clear that this was a huge problem? I mean, even if one of the various capping/plugging attempts had succeeded, there was already a pretty massive amount of oil floating around there.

Even if we grant that you didn’t realize it was serious until recently (or didn’t conclude that “efforts made by mortals to try to solve the crisis have been to no avail,” did you have to wait until Sunday? This thing is gushing something like 60,000 barrels a day — what was wrong with getting God to intervene yesterday, or the day before?

If everything that happens is God’s will, then isn’t the oil spill His will as well? Aren’t you objecting to God’s will by asking Him to correct it?

If the spill isn’t stopped in the near future, will you take that as evidence that prayer is ineffective?

If the spill is stopped in the near future, by human efforts making use of human technologies, with no evidence whatsoever of supernatural intervention, will you take that as evidence that prayer is effective?

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One response to this post.

  1. Posted by Brian E on June 21, 2010 at 10:27 am

    “If the spill isn’t stopped in the near future, will you take that as evidence that prayer is ineffective?”

    Of course not. That just simply means HE works on his own timetable, not ours.

    “If the spill is stopped in the near future, by human efforts making use of human technologies, with no evidence whatsoever of supernatural intervention, will you take that as evidence that prayer is effective?”

    Of course, because we measly humans could not have developed the technology to stop it without god’s intervention. You see, HE works through people!

    /Yes, I’m a Poe, but that’s exactly what a demented christian would say anyway

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