The search for survivors isn’t but a few hours old and the agendas are already flaring up on Facebook. A popular shared image, one that says “Pray for Oklahoma”, is being Photoshopped to cross out the word “Pray”. This has those of faith upset and some of the comment threads that I’ve seen on Facebook are filled with arguments over prayer versus delivering “tangible” help in the way of aid.
It’s meant to make people mad. It’s working. It shouldn’t.
First, expression of faith is intended to help reach those who have not heard the gospel. In many ways, it’s bait with the goal of catching someone who is compelled to find out more. When I post anything regarding prayer or my faith on social media, I do so in hopes that someone will ask me more about it.
Second, it should not be used to give a public testament of your prayers or your desire to pray. I believe that this is all-too-often the case, that Christians believe that by expressing their faith on social media that they are pleasing the Lord. Read the scripture below and decide if this is actually the case:
5 And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.
6 But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.
7 But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.
8 Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.
9 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
10 Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
11 Give us this day our daily bread.
12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.
What do you think?