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Sometimes prayer isn't best solution

Friday, July 18, 2003

Pat Robertson, for all the good he has done in his lifetime, is not immune to foul-ups. And in my opinion, the conservative, fundamentalist minister and one-time presidential candidate, has gone off the deep end.

First, Robertson criticized the Bush administration for their efforts in Liberia last week. But Robertson failed to mention perhaps that his ministry has an $8 million investment in the country and stands to lose it if the current leadership there is removed.

And now, Robertson is praying that three liberal Supreme Court justices retire so that new appointees can be of a more conservative flavor. Though I may agree with Robertson on the need for new conservative blood on the high court, I'm not sure if political change should be a source of prayer. Granted, you may disagree but that's what makes this country great.

I had a discussion earlier this week on the proper purpose of prayer. There is no black and white answer. But to me, prayer involves asking for forgiveness and giving thanks for the blessings in your life. Praying for a political change seems somehow inappropriate to me.

Robertson has the same fundamental differences with the Supreme Court that he has voiced for years. He sees the court as a left-leaning power base that has often taken the liberal side to issues. And in many cases, he's right. But the question remains - is prayer an appropriate avenue to seek that change? And on that topic, we obviously disagree.

Robertson quickly retreated when confronted with his statement. The evangelist said he was "not telling God what to do. I'm just saying Lord, help us." I most certainly wouldn't question the truthfulness of the Rev. Robertson's remarks. But I will continue to question his app



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