A pastor in Ohio has taken it upon himself to add me and a bunch of "lost" godless heathens from Facebook to his prayer wall on his website. Why? Well, remember the rescue of the Chilean miners? My friend Mark made a poster and posted it on Facebook:
I commented on the picture and said I was going to share it with my friends, which I did on my HDC Facebook page. The pastor, Jeff Bobb, took it upon himself to have his congregation pray for us by name and asks that we be prayed for every day, to bring us before the throne.
I was added to the list the last week of October and I have to admit I've had my doubts lately about Christ. And I've had a terrible pain in my neck when I try to sleep. I think it's working! I think I'm cured of this horrible atheist affliction!
Oh wait, no. My doubts are about if there was an actual Jesus, and I think my pain when I sleep is due to my pillow. And I'm still a happy godless atheist, thank you very much.
So, once again prayer fails miserably. The pastor tried to engage Mark in a discussion, which Mark took him up on, but then never heard from Jeff Bobb again. So much for his earnest attempts to save us all.
One thing I have always wondered, do christians really get down on their knees and pray when they say they will? Or a better question is, what is the percent of people actually saying a prayer when they say they will. Because I'm sure even the best intentions don't always result in action.
Here are a couple of quotes from Jeff Bobb's letter to Mark:
"I do not write to argue with you or even "convert" you."
"The poster as you might expect hurt me but not for the reasons you might expect. It does hurt me because I know that the reasons for creating it lie in a mess that organized religion has done in the name of Christ. What is an unbeliever supposed to believe? THe church is filled with hypocrites that say one thing and do another."
"I simply write this first message to let you know that I and my entire church prayed for you yesterday by name, we also prayed for everyone of the people that commented on your poster by name and I have included all of your names (with last initial only) on our website so that those who share in our belief in prayer can lift you up in prayer as well.
We do sincerely want you to come to know the truth of God that is admittedly buried in a lot of styles of worship.
We will continue to pray for you and them and others indefinately no matter what your response is to this. As I said before, it will not be I that saves you but Christ Himself through the power of His Holy Spirit."
Here's another question. If I am a lost godless atheist, why would christ suddenly save me because this pastor and his church prayed for me a few times? Does Jesus put me on his list now and will reach down and touch my shriveled hardened soulless heart and then suddenly I'll start praising his name? How the hell does this pastor think it works?
Part of me thought to contact the pastor and tell him to take my name off the list. I decided it wasn't worth even bothering with. It means nothing and does nothing.