Don’t Mention The War!

On the Church of England website there is a prayer entitled “Prayer for Christians facing persecution abroad.” It is a perfect example of the apologetic Christianity that the politically correct, word fascists of my denomination are continually inserting into the liturgy in their apparent attempt to turn Anglicanism into a “nice,” safe, castrated, religion that will offend nobody. Here is the prayer (notice the complete lack of the word Christian in the composition).

O Lord God,
your Son Jesus Christ suffered and died for us.
In his resurrection
he restores life and peace in all creation.
Comfort, we pray, all victims of intolerance
and those oppressed by their fellow humans.
Remember in your kingdom those who have died.
Lead the oppressors towards compassion
and give hope to the suffering.
Through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

I’m not saying that we should not pray for victims of intolerance from other faiths and none but this prayer is being described as a prayer for persecuted Christians. By wrongheadedly trying to avoid offence the writer of this prayer ends up offending the very people the prayer is supposed to be helping by relegating them to the non-specific. It’s like telling a cancer sufferer who has asked you to pray for him or her that you will only agree to say a prayer for cancer sufferers in general.

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Don’t Mention The War! — 1 Comment

  1. I like the Solemn Collects (BCP 1979):

    “Let us pray for all who have not received the Gospel of Christ;

    For those who have never heard the word of salvation
    For those who have lost their faith
    For those hardened by sin or indifference
    For the contemptuous and the scornful
    For those who are enemies of the cross of Christ and
    persecutors of his disciples
    For those who in the name of Christ have persecuted others

    That God will open their hearts to the truth, and lead them to
    faith and obedience.”