Funny, how liberals rush to the support of the devout—as long as they’re not Christian or Jewish.
That was the response when six imams were led away recently after displaying suspicious activity at the Minneapolis-St. Paul airport, activity which included praying loudly, and twice at sundown--at the gate and on the plane--against Muslim custom. The Associated Press reported on December 1 that such “ugly incidents” prompt “spontaneous expressions of support. Such as the e-mail a Minneapolis woman sent to CAIR after the imams were taken off their flight.” In the e-mail the woman offered a ride to two or three of the imams temporarily stranded at the airport: “My car is small, but at least some of our hearts in this land of the free are large.”
I can assure you that there are many Christians praying at airports. We, however, don’t make a display of it in order to draw false attention to our persecuted status. The imams, some of whom have been linked to terrorist organizations, however, it turns out were doing even more than that. It now appears that the praying and other suspicious activity--such as invoking “bin Laden,” and condemning America in Arabic, according to the police report--may have been a dry-run; some believe that it was a deliberate test of Americans’ “openness.” (via www.michellemalkin.com)
Christianity espouses a personal connection to God, so the Christian can pray at any time, anywhere. For some reason, I find myself praying when I’m before the wheel of my car. Several years ago, my son and I miraculously escaped serious injuries after being rear-ended by a large truck. We bounced off the guard rail, spun around 360 degrees, and knocked two other cars into the median. My Honda Civic was totaled, but the most severe injuries anyone suffered were whiplash.
Since that day, I am more aware than ever of the dangers of driving—to the point of being teased by some of my friends for being a slow, cautious driver.
Traveling away from the comfort zone of home is an activity that naturally encourages us to reflect on our vulnerability. This reflex, of course, has been compounded, especially with air travel, since 9/11.
The six imams attempted to exploit our Western culture’s practices of peaceful tolerance. This principle of tolerance issues forth from the Christian notion of separation of church and state, or rendering unto Caesar what is Caesar’s.
This Sunday marked a holy time for Christians, the beginning of Advent, when we celebrate the birth of our Savior. Our religious displays have been attacked by the secularists for a long time now.
But we can still pray.
And we do pray--silently and with each other.
We need prayer more than ever because the times are evil. Our lives and our culture are threatened by radical Islamists and their supporters on the left, who would defend the imams, but deny the right to display a manger scene.
As Christians, we know that our own efforts to fight evil, coming as they do from fallible human beings, often backfire.
So as Christians we pray a prayer our Savior taught us in His Sermon on the Mount: the Lord’s Prayer, where we ask God to “deliver us from evil.” The most common version, from the Book of Common Prayer, goes like this: “Our Father, who art in heaven, Hallowed by thy Name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.”
We do need God’s help today in delivering us from evil. We have seen that our efforts at orchestrating “diverse” societies and eliminating “social injustice” through political and scientific efforts have resulted in even greater evils. We saw that in the atheistic totalitarian regimes of Communism and Nazism of the previous century. We see it today in a post-Great Society culture that glorifies materialism, violence, and pornography.
So, I propose that on Christmas Eve we pray the “Lord’s Prayer.” I propose that we pray it specifically for the deliverance from the evil that surrounds us today: Islamic terrorism and those that support it. I propose that we claim the power of our God in airports in every city of this country. I propose that the community around every airport send six Christians—clergy and laity—to recite the Lord’s Prayer in their airport at a designated time on Christmas Eve, Sunday, December 24, 2006. I propose that all Christians across the nation recite the Lord’s Prayer out loud at this same time. The group of six at each airport should be echoed by Christians in churches, homes, and public places. We’ll do it as a sign of unity. We’ll do it to show that with God we are not afraid. We will overcome this evil. Together—with God—we’ll drown out the false prayers of six “imams” who posture as holy men but who have evil intents for us.