Yesterday was the International Day of Prayer. (Not to be confused with the National Day of Prayer, which is a yearly political stunt with ties to Focus on the Family.)
In honor of it, the Campus Crusade for Christ chapter at Indiana University – Bloomington prayed for 24 straight hours…
The Secular Alliance of IU had a response ready to go. They put up flyers advertising their upcoming meetings that countered the notion that the prayers would be helpful to others:
Beautiful. It’s not just talk, either. SAIU has service projects in the works:
SAIU plans on having multiple events throughout the semester which focus on the idea that “you can be good without God.” Service events in conjunction with Pages to Prisoners and Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard have been planned so that members can reach out to the Bloomington community.
It’s hard for me to talk about this without making snarky comments.
The choice seems clear: Students who want to help make the community a better place should join the SAIU. They take action. Students who want to ask a god to do the work for them can join Campus Crusade.
Next year, I’d love to see SAIU mount a real challenge. Do a 24-hour service project while the prayers are in session. Build something. Fix something. Raise money for a good cause. Anything like that. It would be a perfect, stark contrast to a day-long prayer session.