While everyone was cheering the death of Osama bin Laden, the south was hit with deadly tornados and the mid west Mississippi was flooded. Rep. Randy Neugebauer (R-Tex.), Stevan Pearce (R-N.M.), Doug Lamborn [R-CO5] and Spencer Bachus (R-Ala.) are co-sponsoring and seeking additional sponsorship for H. Res 254, a straightforward measure encouraging Congress and the American public to pray for the victims of the recent disasters in the United States.
The liberal media is up in arms over the resolution because it represents a belt tightening constraint to big government spending to rebuild roads and infrastructure that cannot be handled by the state. The bill has been introduced to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, the second step before being reported and released for a vote.
This legislation brings up some very important questions.
Are prayers better than money for victims of disaster?
One goal or benefit of praying on a daily basis and in hard times is that it will have an impact on your faith. Scripture says that prayer is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things unseen. So prayer coupled with faith can actually bring unseen things to the seen realm.
Prayer can impact the lives of those affected by disaster. Prayer can be a corporate experience as well as an individual experience, thus giving community strength. Prayer is one way that we can communicate with God. God can hear and answer all prayers.
Jesus taught his disciples the importance of prayer. They were to pray and faint not. They were also to pray daily to the Father to have their needs met.
But is it Really Better than Money?
Prayer campaigns can have an impact on the devotional contributions of others, combined with bake sales and maybe a boot drive, communities struck with tornados and flooding can raise money rather than stealing from other parts of the country where God pays attention to prayers and isn’t testing their faith.
If we start thinking a big government as a problem solving deity, we are breaking the First Commandment of God. Prayers and God can help these people, accepting a government handout when an act of God occurs is simply accepting the pains and fires of Hell.
Money would lead victims to believe that victims are entitled to help and begin to forget to pray. Jesus taught his disciples the importance of prayer. They were to pray and faint not. They were also to pray daily to the Father to have their needs met, not cry for the Godless gruel offered by government to repair infrastructure or build ultra fast railways.
But Could Money be an Answer to Victims’ Prayers?
No, money is never an answer to prayers, especially disaster victims’ prayers. Through the process of struggle and rebuilding, those hit by these disasters will build something more important, American character and a love for the Lord.
To review the status of this bill, see http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=hr112-254 and weigh with your congressional leaders to let them know that tax breaks for the rich, which will provide much needed jobs, and oil subsidies for the highest earning corporations is much more important than rebuilding infrastructure.