[Hpn] mandatory prayer
Sat, 30 Sep 2000 11:29:31 EDT
Is it okay to require prayer before feeding people at a shelter or meal
center? Absolutely not. First, requiring prayer before you allow a hungry or
homeless person to eat is extortion at best. It's just as inappropriate if
the church is funding the food rather than the government, although it's
only truly unconstitutional when govt funding is involved. Second,it
doesn't work. No one is going to have a life-changing encounter with God at
gunpoint. Third, it's inconsistent with the Christian mandate. As I recall
the verse, it's "Feed my sheep", not "feed whichever of my sheep are willing
to close their eyes and pretend to have a conversation with me; let the
other guys starve."
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