On the way to work this morning, I finally learned from NPR about the Republican’s secret weapon to secure a McCain victory. Prayer. To paraphrase one person interviewed, “Prayer is better than any other work you can do.”. Really? Perhaps staying home and praying will be more effective than actually going out and voting, I might suggest. Curious, I checked the “series of tubes” and found Pray for McCain. Apparently these are the folks who, by invoking the correct magical incantations, gifted us with W. Bush in the White House. That’s power for you! Of course there are also harder lined theocrats who are praying for McCain to get saved, win, and die so that Palin will be President. Imprecatory prayer such as this just warms the heart with all the Christian love.
Now the question I would like to ask these battle hardened prayer warriors is how this fits in with the all important concept of free will? Not there are no precedents, to be sure. For example, in Exodus, God deliberately hardened Pharoah’s heart so he would not let Israel go and God would get a chance to manifest his glory to all the Egyptians by killing all the first born children (an extremely short synopsis to be sure, but that was the end result which an omniscient God would know was coming anyway). This surely was an exception to the principle of free will. So, come Tuesday, will God harden some Obama supporters’ hearts against Obama and cause them to vote McCain? Has he already done this with the early voters? Or will people still vote for Obama and God is going to miraculously change the votes? Will he focus primarily on changing electronic votes or will he change paper ballots as well?