“And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you." - Matthew 6:5-6
So a high school football coach was placed on paid leave because the school district took issue with his end-of-game prayer on the 50-yard line. They said that as an employee of the district, he should refrain. He refused.
They offered to provide a seperate place for him to pray, but he insisted on doing this publicly. This weekend, he won't be coaching.
Please don't hate me, but I have no problem with this.
As a government employee, whose leadership set clear parameters, he should have humbly acknowledged their authority and took them up on their offer to provide a place for him to pray privately. He didn't. Instead, he fought to pray in public, in the middle of the field, and his actions seem to fly in the face of what Jesus himself said about prayer.
Prayer is not a demonstration sport. If you pray in public in hopes that you will be seen and identified as a passionate believer, I think you've gotten it wrong. Why should we fight to pray in public place where everyone can see us when Jesus encouraged the opposite.
And what if the coach was a Muslim or a Hindu? Christians would be calling for his head because he dared to pray publicly. I pretty sure I'm right about this one!
Coach, your prayer will be just as effective in a private place as it is when offered up at midfield. So if that's true, why fight to use prayer as a way to demonstrate something to the world. That's not what prayer is all about, right...