Have you seen the NY Times article, Detroit Churches Pray for ‘God’s Bailout‘? Wow! SUV’s up front during worship, an United Auto Worker’s VP encouraging congregants to pray for a bailout, a Catholic bishop rallying the city’s religious leaders to call on Congress for $$, etc. etc.
It appears that Detroit is feeling a wee bit threatened. I’m guessing that change is not welcome, so they’re seeking God to come through with a the rescue via Congressional vote. Hmmm…sounds like something the rest of us would do. I don’t want to judge Detroit here, but I think they’re exemplifying something we all do: expecting God to show up and bailout according to our plan. I don’t hear, in this article, church leaders calling the people to pray for God’s plan or way through this, just a call to pray for God to coerce Congress to act according to the industry’s/people’s plan. This quote sums it up nicely, I think: “We have done all that we can do in this union, so I turn it over to the Lord” (General Holiefield).
Yes, there is Christianese tucked in for good measure, like “pray for a miracle” and “keep the faith” but it seem to be enmeshed in a worldview that doesn’t put God first. The industry, the people’s livelihood, is put first and God is called upon to save the industry, so people can thrive. I don’t see hints of anyone proposing that God may be guiding the community into new places, into new ways of doing life, of surviving, thriving.
Like the photo plainly shows: the auto god is being worshiped and it appears God is being summoned to help prop it up.
God help us all…