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I can remember when I was in elementary school and Rosanne Barr sang the National Anthem irreverently. I remember my principal Mr. Wood saying that “when Rosanne comes on TV, I turn the channel.” I want you to listen to the “boos” from the crowd as she butchers our National Anthem:
Now, I want you to listen to the cheers from the crowd as this Christian pastor irreverently prays to the only God who exists:
If it is wrong to butcher the United States National Anthem because it tramples underfoot the men and women who have bled and died to validate that anthem; then, how much moreso is it a wicked thing for a Christian to say an irreverent prayer to God, to trample underfoot the blood of Christ that makes his prayer possible (Heb. 10:19-22)?
I’m amazed at Christians defending a man who is trying to get people to laugh during a prayer in which he is praying to God Almighty. Jesus for example condemns those that pray long prayers to impress their hearers (Luke 20:47; Matt. 6:7). What’s the difference in praying to impress your hearers with humor? The Creator of heaven and earth is serious about the attitude of His people as they approach Him in worship. Prayer is an act of worship (Ecclesiastes 5:2). It is NO laughing matter. Christ even began the Lord’s prayer with “Father, hallowed be your name (Luke 11:2).”
So, I have a question for Christians that are defending the NASCAR Prayer: Why is it wicked to irreverently sing the National Anthem, but it isn’t wicked to irreverently pray to the Creator of all things? Is it not worse to trample our only Savior and God underfoot than to trample men and women underfoot?
Congratulations Joe Nelms (Pastor that prayed at the NASCAR event above), you just taught millions of people to approach God irreverently (James 3:1). Satan couldn’t have done it any better himself. But hey, at least you’re famous now…
What are your thoughts?