Irenic Thoughts

Irenic. The word means peaceful. This web log (or blog) exists to create an ongoing, and hopefully peaceful, series of comments on the life of King of Peace Episcopal Church. This is not a closed community. You are highly encouraged to comment on any post or to send your own posts.

8/07/2006

Prayerful Crime Stoppers

an aerial view of King of Peace
Reuter's reports that an English group is using a Pray Watch to stop crime. The report goes on to say,
As well as encouraging worshippers to keep an eye out on their churches and each other, the police said the scheme would allow Christians to use prayer to help catch criminals.

"It's largely geared to protecting congregations and church properties which are pretty vulnerable places, but with the added bolt-on aspect of prayer," a Lincolnshire police spokesman told Reuters Wednesday.

Retired London policeman Don Axcell, the national executive director of the Christian Police Association, said God did answer crime-busting prayers.

"I'm a great believer in the power of prayer and all I'd say to the skeptics is that I've seen it work too many times for it to be a coincidence," he told the Lincolnshire Echo newspaper.
I know that pray does change things. I also know that we have had incidents of vandalism over the last six years of King of Peace which have included one church cat being killed and another shot and needing its leg amputated. We have also experienced a variety of thefts including two VCRs, a glider rocker and large box of Legos for The Preschool.

Should we have been praying to prevent the theft of the back tires right off our tractor? Or does God watch our backs by working in the lives of those who have stolen from King of Peace? What is the Christian response?

peace,
Frank+
The Rev. Frank Logue, Pastor + King of Peace Episcopal Church

Note:
Yesterday's sermon on The heretic who gave us the Bible is now online.

1 Comments:

  • At 8/07/2006 10:39 PM, Anonymous Debbie said…

    I believe we should be praying for God's protection for His property just as we would our own during a time of danger. Consider the parable of the woman and the judge. I don't think Jesus was condemning the woman for demanding justice.

    I find it difficult sometimes to reconcile the widow's demands for justice, Christ's commands to turn the other cheek, and "Vengeance is mine, sayeth the Lord." I suppose as long as I'm asking for God to lead others to do justice and not asking to be the tool God uses to exact his judgement...

    I guess it's a matter of the difference between doing justice and judgement. When we do justice we are being obedient. When we do judgement, we are stepping trying to do God's role. When we pray for God's justice and peace, we are asking for God to be active in our lives, because apart from God, there is only revenge and confusion.

     

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