When Episcopalian leadership voted last week to reaffirm a ban on official prayers over same-sex unions, I had to wonder: Who are they – or anybody else – to censor prayers of any kind? What is an official prayer, anyway?
Does God need an earthly prayer editor? Does He need Anglican, Presbyterian or Baptist or any other denomination’s approval before He takes seriously a certain kind of prayer?
If a minister wants to pray over two people wanting to go through life together, to be one another’s family, to make a home for each other, to be faithful and kind, to love, honor and cherish each other in sickness and in health – who on earth has the power, the nerve or the audacity to say God would turn a deaf ear? I don’t think God is that mean-spirited or that close-minded.
And, frankly, doesn’t this God character (pictured?) have bigger, most celestial things to tend to?