The Associated Press reports the following:
Two prayer services will be held at St. Louis gas stations to thank God for lower fuel prices and to ask that they continue to drop. Darrell Alexander, Midwest co-chair of the Pray at the Pump movement, says prayer gatherings will be held Monday afternoon and evening at a Mobil station west of downtown St. Louis… Participants say they plan to buy gas, pray and then sing “We Shall Overcome” with a new verse, “We’ll have lower gas prices.” … An activist from the Washington D.C. area, Rocky Twyman, started the effort, saying if politicians couldn’t lower gas prices, it was time to ask God to intervene… The group thinks the prayer is helping, saying prices are starting to fall below $4 a gallon.
I’m going to have to ask these people to please stop or else risk divine wrath. I mean if I were God and people started petitioning me for sub-$4 a gallon gasoline in a world full of poverty, hunger, disease and misery, well, let’s just say I’d be pretty annoyed. Besides, if you were going to have special transportation-related prayers, wouldn’t it make more sense to ask for better public transit or more environmentally friendly sources of energy? So as to, you know, better preserve and protect God’s green earth? At times like this, I would ask my Christian friends to consider “What would Jesus do?” and the answer to that is “He’d walk.” I mean do you really think Jesus would tool around the holy land in some crazy gas guzzling, smog belching SUV? Dudes! He’d walk! Maybe on special occasions he’d ride a donkey – but that’s as far as it would go.
So yeah, good people of St. Louis? Cut it out. Please.