Richard C. Massey’s Nov. 12 letter criticizing spontaneous football team prayers (“Non-Christians have no options”) suggests a deeper problem: unthankfulness to God. Grateful Americans should be maximizing prayer, not harassing it. Let’s encourage high-minded students. Students learn from observing cross-cultural, religious diversity. Other students can initiate prayer too.
The greater problem is no prayer — taking God for granted. Humble confession and thanks are overdue. For example, we can thank God for our dinner, not just gulp it down like hogs at the trough.
Jehovah God has repeatedly punished nations that forgot their real provider. As he warns through the prophet Jeremiah: “They do not say from the heart, ‘Let us live in awe of the Lord our God, for He gives us rain each spring and fall, assuring us of plentiful harvests. … They are well fed and well groomed and there is no limit to their wickedness. … Should I not punish them for this?’”
Do you applaud the perpetual ingrate? Some people just take and take. They will endlessly take your clothes, tools, car, gas, food, shelter, money and help. God is great, so giving, so patient with us. Let’s wholeheartedly thank Him.