Panel Discussion: When is it okay to mix prayer and politics?

Posted on September 24th, 2010 | Filed under Faith and Politics, InterViews

Panelists responded to two videos interweaving prayer with political discourse and responded to the overarching question, "When is it okay to mix prayer and politics?"

"Stop the War on Prayer" Campaign

"Restoring Honor Rally"

Response by Jen Bailey:

Religion is the most powerful force in the world. For billions of people around the world, religious practice provides meaning, purpose, and direction to their lives.  I should know. There is no aspect of my personal, professional, spiritual, or political life that has not been influenced by my faith. The day I gave my life to Christ everything changed. I chose to follow in the path of a faith tradition I believe to be defined by love, grace, and reconciliation. READ MORE HERE.

Response by Anthony Paz

Here we have videos that approach the question of prayer's place in politics from two different sides. In one, the focus is on the political right for people to pray as they wish, without interference from either the government or private individuals. In the other, we have a prayer that contains highly political content, like positions on war and veterans affairs. . If we ask whether its okay to mix prayer and politics we have to look at these two different ways of mixing: one makes a political issue, a human right, out of prayer, the other uses prayer to communicate and attempt to further a political interest. READ MORE HERE

Response by C. Nikole Saulsberry

It’s a well known fact that in polite conversations you do not talk about faith or politics. The two are such heated, deeply-seated beliefs that when crossed can cause confrontation amongst the closest of friends and family. With such social norms, one would expect to find a society whose politicians shy away from, or even ignore faith. Instead we have faith charged politics—Politics so powerful they appear as if to invoke the blessing, power and even wrath of God. READ MORE HERE

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