Joseph Farah has a column at the Worldnutdaily about the drought in Lubbock and the resolution from the city council there to ask residents to pray for rain. It’s standard religious right rhetoric – the media is full of pagans who laugh at Christian faith, but they all have their own religions like worship of money, government, etc. But what I find interesting is this prediction at the end:
It makes sense to me to pray. But oddly, or maybe not so oddly, this UPI story appeared under the newstrack heading “quirks.” Evidently, some editors at UPI consider prayer “quirky.” I don’t. In fact, I hope you will join me and the good people of Lubbock and West Texas tomorrow in prayer for rain. I’m going to be watching the weather reports there with interest. What a testimony it will be when God answers those prayers…Who knows? Maybe the results will even open the eyes of my colleagues in the pagan press.
But does anyone doubt that Farah will claim success regardless of the outcome? if it rains tomorrow, it will be because God answered those prayers. If it rains in two weeks, it will be because God answered those prayers, he just waited a couple weeks to do it. If the drought continues for another 2 or 3 months and does ten times more damage than it has already done, then whenever it finally does rain, it will be because God answered those prayers, but in His own time. It’s going to rain eventually, of course, but no matter when it does he will declare his prediction a success.
Heck, if it didn’t rain for a whole year, he would simply dismiss that as God answering prayer – after all, sometimes the answer is no. Perhaps it will just be God testing our faith, or allowing suffering so that we would learn and grow from the experience. No matter what happens, there is no way of testing the claim; any outcome to the test will be viewed as success. The claim is entirely immune to disproof, which means it’s completely sterile. It literally is a meaningless assertion because there is no way at all to tell whether it comes true or not. And that’s why it should not be taken seriously.