I recently received an e-mail inviting me to “watch and pray” with a local CS group:
Join us for the really rewarding spiritual experience of “keeping watch”.
Jesus expected his disciples to watch with him, Mrs Eddy had her household watch sometimes 3 days straight without sleep.
It will be a continuous prayer from sunset to sunrise, being so clear in thought as to break the neck hypnotic beliefs and animal magnetism so that divine Truth can pour in.
The hypnotic belief we are correcting is the claim that sex-trafficking is the largest growing economy in the world today.
Our central watch is: “Women are not sex-toys!”
We watch —- sunset to —- Sunrise at —–. Please join us in person if you can, or Hangout in if you’re too far away.
Let’s rejoice together that:
The Mind or intelligence of production names the female gender last in the ascending order of creation.
I’m not sure what the group hopes to accomplish by staying up all night praying about sex-trafficking. I can’t remember the last time I voluntarily stayed up all night, there were a few times in college, but that was usually accidental, I lost track of time and then suddenly the sun came up as I walked across the campus.
On one hand, I am slightly shocked that a CS group is taking on this task, on the other, this is typical of Christian Scientists, why make meaningful change when you can stay home and pray about it? If your thoughts are clear enough you can “break the neck hypnotic beliefs and animal magnetism” and “divine Truth can pour in.”
I agree people are not sex-toys. I strongly believe people should have autonomy over their bodies. People should not be trafficked for sex, or other questionable undertakings.
This may shock some people, but I strongly feel that WOMEN ARE PEOPLE, and TRAFFICKING PEOPLE (yes, that includes men, women, LGBTQ, children, etc.) AND LIMITING THEIR AUTONOMY IS WRONG. Praying about problems is great, but there comes a time when you need to stop praying and start doing.
There is not nearly enough DOING in Christian Science (unless you’re talking about congressional lobbying to shield themselves from litigation, there’s more than enough of that happening). There is a lot of sitting and prayerfully knowing the truth, reading the lesson, studying the books. If all good Christian Scientists spent a third of the time DOING GOOD IN THEIR COMMUNITY instead of reading and studying the books and maintaining an air of superior aloofness I’m fairly certain that Christian Science would be thriving today.
So want to make a difference by doing something other than praying about it?