Moment of silence ≠ prayer?

JISHOU, HUNAN — A religious nutjob in Southport, Indiana, made a scene during a city council meeting recently, because the meetings no longer start with a spoken prayer. Instead, on the insistence of the new Republican mayor, they open with a moment of silence.

So, as soon as the moment of silence started, David Lynch, 70, started praying loudly in the council chambers. When he was told to be quiet, he got louder. Eventually, the chief of police had to drag away him in cuffs.

Lynch had earlier told the Indianapolis Star that “a moment of silence is not prayer.”

While I doubt that Lynch reads my blog, I will nevertheless quote some Scripture — some of few words in the NT that scholars believe Jesus actually spoke.

[5] “When you pray, you shall not be as the hypocrites, for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen by men. Most assuredly, I tell you, they have received their reward.
[6] But you, when you pray, enter into your inner chamber, and having shut your door, pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.
[7] In praying, don’t use vain repetitions, as the Gentiles do; for they think that they will be heard for their much speaking.
[8] Therefore don’t be like them, for your Father knows what things you need, before you ask him. — Matthew 6

Silence has worked for Quakers for more than three centuries. Too bad more people don’t try it out.

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