‘Thoughts and Prayers’ and Another School Shooting

Politicians love sending ‘thoughts and prayers’ to people who are suffering.  But does it make any sense?  Frankly, no.

First, if thoughts don’t lead to acts, then they are not only pointless they are worthless.  Thoughts which are followed by deeds are thoroughly sensible but bare thoughts, alone, are the Eunuchs of intellectual life.  And as Kierkegaard reminded us Eunuchs may know what needs to be done, but they can’t ever manage to do it.

And second, the prayers of politicians (and most people, let’s just be honest with ourselves for a moment) are similarly useless.  Why?  Because God doesn’t hear the prayers of the godless-  We know that God does not hear sinners; but if anyone is a worshiper of God and does His will, He hears him. (Jn. 9:31).  To be sure, the ‘fervent effectual prayer of a righteous person avails much’ (Epistle of James) but no one with any good sense at all would describe any American politician as ‘righteous’.  They are all corrupt, self seeking, evil.

So, thoughts and prayers?  Keep them to yourself.  They are useless when they come from the godless.