Is it Okay to Pray?
Recently I attended a board meeting consisting of all African American board members. At the last couple of meetings the board chair has opened the meetings with a prayer. I actually considered it a pleasant surprise, but began to wonder if it was offensive to anyone.
At our most recent meeting I asked the group if anyone was offended as not to get hauled before the American Civil Liberties Union.
A brief conversation ensued and one of the board members did note that there had been concerns expressed in other similarly situated groups/organizations. There was a suggestion that we have a moment of silence in which individuals could prayer privately if they so desired. That politically correct course was quickly thrown out by the group.
No one expressed any concern with the opening prayer/convocation/words of spiritual encouragement. So we proceeded.
And the church said, Amen.
Would you have been offended?
Would you have felt comfortable saying no to prayer?
Would you have wanted to pray?