Friday, 19 June 2015

When is Prayer Simply Not Enough?

I am tired of being told to pray.

Pray for the victims.

Pray for those affected by the violence.

Pray for the families and the mourners.

Pray for our leaders and our country.

Pray for peace.


When is prayer simply not enough?

When it distracts from and obfuscates the real issues of institutional racism, gun violence, and domestic terrorism.

When it allows for an abdication of a collective call to action.

When it obscures our responsibilities to engage in Tikkun Olam, the reparation of our world.

When it tolerates an us versus them mentality.

When it gives leave for politics and ideology to stand in the way of logic and reason.

When it permits us to become immersed in what we think God wants instead of recognizing what people need.

By all means...pray. We all need it.

But it is simply not enough.

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