Praying Away the Problem?

August 14, 2014

Senator Rand Paul wrote about the tragic and disturbing ongoing events in Ferguson, Missouri, for Time magazine.

Throughout the essay, he writes about the militarization of local police forces, decrying it as big government run amok. He’s right that this is a problem. But he’s wrong about the solution. At the end of the piece, Paul concludes, “Let us continue to pray for Michael Brown’s family, the people of Ferguson, police, and citizens alike.”

Nope. Don’t pray for change – you’re a senator. The quote is, “Be the change you wish to see in the world,” right? It isn’t, “Pray for the change you want to see in the world.” 

On a much more trivial level, this is like when Clive Davis complained that today’s musical theatre does not spawn pop hits. He blamed the musicals but he’s a record producer. Produce records. There are amazing songs in today’s musical theatre oeuvre; has he ever tried to make one of them a pop hit?

But I digress. Paul writes thoughtfully about what’s happening in Ferguson but he’s chickening out when it comes to doing something about it. You can’t pray away this problem. It takes action.