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Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: South East Texas
I'm just wondering how praying, even out loud, makes them forcing their beliefs on you. I'd hope that you and anyone else listening aren't gullible enough to, after just HEARING something from someone, feel the compulsion to convert right then and there to whatever might be said...
Yes its a bit rude to pray before the waitress it totally finished serving food, but to pray in public in general? Ridiculous. Its like saying you shouldn't talk in a private conversation about one football team over another in a public place because if you do, people might just be paying attention and could disagree with you. I bet if this was on any subject besides religion it wouldn't be a problem at all. If the people praying aren't disturbing the peace by yelling, chanting, doing a hokus pokus dance around the table, or sacrificing things, what is the problem? We live in 'free' countries for a reason.
If you really can get that embarrassed by a prayer, and really feel like it is going to affect you that negatively, just don't go with them again. They took you out to breakfast for your birthday though...surely you can muster up the courage to have a few onlookers listen in on you.
As for your father, that's all well and fine that he didn't want to pray in a public place, but that doesn't mean no one should. Especially if it is quiet and in your own table. It isn't like you friends stood on a chair, announced that they were going to bless everyone's food, and demanded that everyone close their eyes, bow their heads, hold hands, and shout Amen at the end. The verse you mentioned is out of context too...its actually a whole set of verses about how Christians who pray and do 'good' deeds for other people in public just so that they can hear their own voice and boast about how great they are and how kind they are for doing god things, NOT about asking blessing for food before eating. And if you think about it, with as much negative reaction as christianity gets these days from so many people, there is a slim chance your friends were praying just so everyone would see how 'holy' they were or something.
I'll even let you in on a secret. Praying can sometimes be a bit embarrassing for us too...ESPECIALLY when we know they are people watching us and judging. But we are doing what we believe is right in thanking our God for what we have been given. I know of no Christian (or person of a different religion to be honest) who prays for food just to be ridiculed or to convert other people.
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