A reader writes:
One of the standard passages in the "Prayers of the People" in the Episcopal Book of Common Prayer asks for God's blessings and guidance for "the President of the United States, the Governor of this State, and all others in positions of authority." I see no particular difference between this and the sign in your illustration. But this perfectly unobjectionable prayer, which used to be included in our ritual every Sunday without regard to who held any of the offices referred to, is no longer being used at my Episcopal church. Maybe this apparent selectivity in deciding which President is deserving of God's guidance and blessing is another species of "Christianism"?
Agreed. The overt partisan politicization of faith is obnoxious whatever side it's coming from, left or right. It's one thing to bring moral witness to the public square, rooted in faith. It's another thing to align - or detach - God with one party or one candidate.
[Update: several readers email to say that their churches and synagogues routinely offer prayers for those in power, whatever their party. That's certainly my experience. I would also think that this president especially needs our prayers. These are terribly trying times; and given his very limited abilities, he needs all the prayers we can send his way.]
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