by Bob Whitby
So they came up with this awesome deal God should not be able to turn down: If the Orlando faithful say an hour of prayer each day for the next 40, God helps us with our crime problem. We pray, criminals go away. Quid pro quo.
Now the faithful (and the Sentinel, natch) see only the gathering, but miss the obvious question: What if nothing happens? What if crime goes up? What if it goes down? If, 41 days from now, Orlando churches are empty and bars are full because crime rates skyrocketed, can we all blame the Orlando Police? What if we aren't praying enough? What if God really wants two hours a day for 50 days, rather than one hour for 40?
Clearly this experiment is not designed intelligently enough (sorry) to pass muster as a sixth-grade science experiment, but let's forge ahead anyway. If it turns out we have another Great Disappointment of 1844 on our hands, well, so be it.
We'll keep track of the stats and let you know how it turns out. Should be interesting.
Here's the OPD press release announcing the pray-a-thon. By the way, whatever happened to the idea of keeping church and state separate?
ORLANDO POLICE DEPARTMENT
PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICE
100 S. Hughey Avenue, Orlando Florida 32801
Sergeant Barbara J. Jones
Office (407)-246-2403 FAX NO. (407)-246-2732
Date of Release: October 9, 2007
Time of Release: 11:30 A.M.
Date: October 10, 2007
Time: 11:30 A.M.
Location: Parramore Heritage Park
Event: â??Operation Armor Allâ?� (OPD Chaplains Initiative)
The chaplains are asking citizens to join them in 40 Days of Prayer to reclaim our city from violent crime. â??Operation Armor Allâ?� is being launched on Wednesday, October 10, 2007 and will run through Sunday, November 18, 2007. They are asking churches of Orlando to commit to pray diligently for these 40 days. Forty (40) churches are needed to commit to one of the 40 days to lead a one-hour prayer and praise time in a target community.
The first 40 days will be at the new Parramore Heritage Park located at the corner of Church Street and Parramore Avenue. Churches may want to include praise and worship or prefer a prayer walk around the beautiful park.
The Faith-based community has asked to get involved in making Orlando a safer city. This initiative as with Neighborhood Watch, Citizens on Patrol, and other volunteer programs is another way to engage citizens, who want to make a difference in our community,
Contact for this event /media release
Andrew T Wade
Senior OPD Chaplain