Members of the U.S. House of Representatives are chosen to go to Washington D.C. to stand up for the people of their districts through legislative action. The scope of legislative action that Congress is assigned to undertake is strictly non-religious. The First Amendment of the Constitution, after all, clearly states, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion”. Religion simply isn’t within the scope of the business of the U.S. House.
That fact didn’t stop U.S. Representative Mike McIntyre from interrupting the business of the House of Representatives yesterday to make a speech about how Americans should be engaging in the religious of prayer more often. He specifically urged Americans to participate in a private, non-governmental ritual of mass prayer. It’s called the National Day of Prayer, even though prayer isn’t really a national activity. Large numbers of Americans either don’t believe in prayer or simply don’t like to do it.
While his colleagues waited for him to stop preaching so that they could get back to legislative business, Congressman McIntyre lectured that, “We know that the true source of power cannot be found here in the Halls of Congress or in the Oval Office in the West Wing or in the chambers of the Supreme Court, but only on our knees before the one who is the true source of power!”
A few of the more serious-minded members of Congress may have been asking themselves at that moment: If he really thinks that the true source of power is prayer, and not Congress, why does Mike McIntyre keep on running for re-election to Congress, instead of just staying home and praying full time?
Mike McIntyre’s claims about the “true source of power” are belied by McIntyre’s own behavior. When Mike McIntyre seeks power, he seeks out money, not prayers.
Representative McIntyre has set up his own political action committee, not to encourage people to pray for him, but to encourage power brokers from America’s corporations to give him cold hard cash. So far, McIntyre has taken in over seven million, seven hundred thousand dollars in political contributions.
In an invitation to a recent campaign event, McIntyre explicitly asked for $3,000 contributions from his political allies. Nowhere on the invitation did he ask for anyone’s prayers.
Congressman McIntyre may talk big about the power of prayer, but McIntyre’s actions speak louder than his words. For McIntyre, every day is a National Day of Campaign Contributions.