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The latest proposal to stop oil spill: prayer

posted by jmcgee

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There are no atheists in foxholes — or in Louisiana politics, especially during a crisis of historic proportions.

From CNN:

While cleanup crews and technical teams continue efforts to stop crude gushing into the Gulf of Mexico, Louisiana lawmakers are proposing a different approach: prayer.

State senators designated Sunday as a day for citizens to ask for God’s help dealing with the oil disaster.

“Thus far efforts made by mortals to try to solve the crisis have been to no avail,” state Sen. Robert Adley said in a statement released after last week’s unanimous vote for the day of prayer. “It is clearly time for a miracle for us.”

The resolution names Sunday as a statewide day of prayer in Louisiana and calls on people of all religions throughout the Gulf Coast “to pray for an end to this environmental emergency, sparing us all from the destruction of both culture and livelihood.”

Also Sunday, wildlife officials were planning to transport and release 40 pelicans that rescuers rehabilitated after finding them covered with oil. The birds will be moved from New Orleans, Louisiana, to the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge in Port Aransas, Texas.

As much as 60,000 barrels (2.5 million gallons) of oil may be gushing into the Gulf every day, new government estimates found last week.

There’s much more at the link.



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Your Name Cherylanne Loop

posted June 20, 2010 at 8:29 pm


I am sure that God has a less trite way to describe his reason for intervention than simply saying “He is a jealous God”. But for us trite minded people He says “He is a jealous God” who loves to show “His power is made perfect in our weakness”. My point is that we are certainly weak in regards to this oil spill, so lets do what we should have done from the start and somehow forget to do until we exhaust all our humanly efforts- usually making a bigger mess- and pray for His sovereign intervention…and Glory to Our Father for His intervening. Also I hope our government recognizes the proverbial three fingers pointing back at you when pointing your finger at someone elses failures…BP obviously in this case.



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drew

posted June 20, 2010 at 8:58 pm


How about the spiritual pollution spilling forth constantly all over the country? It is far huger than the oil spill! Look at the filth on tv and in the whole culture and the way people act and speak. How about praying for that spill to stop? Look at what is allowed to pump forth and pollute the waters. This society is an abomination! What is going to come is a horrible destruction and then people will cry out to God and it will be too late!



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Your Name Cherylanne Loop

posted June 20, 2010 at 10:13 pm


My last comment was clear as mud and I couldn’t let it stand w/o clarification. I think I will just start over with the post! I am sure that God has a less trite way to describe His reason to want the credit for His intervention than simply saying “He is a jealous God”. But for us trite minded people He says, “I am a jealous God” who loves to show “His power is made perfect in our weakness”. My point is- because of various reasons, mainly political in my estimation, we are certainly weak in regards to this oil spill, so lets do what we should have done from the start and pray for His Sovereign intervention…and Glory to Our Father for His intervening. Also, I hope our government recognizes the proverbial three fingers pointing back at yourself when they(our government) are pointing the finger at someone else’s (BP’s) failures.



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Your Name Cherylanne Loop

posted June 20, 2010 at 10:21 pm


I agree with Drew, and to that: every Wednesday worldwide at 12 noon there is Christian prayer for just that…worldwide revival and prayer for America to return to her Christian roots. It is catching on all over the globe.
We also need to be careful about becoming bitter because of the mess the world is in. For without love we have nothing.



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William Bennet

posted June 20, 2010 at 10:42 pm


He just doesn’t like Louisiana. Its as simple as that. He ain’t too crazy about any of the southern bible belt for that matter. He also told me he hates conservatives. Just so you all know.



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Ray Ingles

posted June 21, 2010 at 12:11 pm


There are no atheists in foxholes…

Nope. The Military Association of Atheists and Freethinkers. Motto: “Atheists in Foxholes”.
I know it’ll be inconvenient to lose that cliché, but it’s worth it.



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T

posted June 21, 2010 at 3:47 pm


America has no “Christian Roots.” It was and is a secular democracy founded by a group of men and women of varied religious backgrounds including Deists and atheists. Furthermore, atheists have died for your freedom just as surely as other Christians have died for it.



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Green Machine

posted June 21, 2010 at 11:19 pm


It’s not gonna do any good, prayer’s useless since there’s nothing to pray to.



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