The National Prayer Breakfast held in Ottawa is celebrating its 50th anniversary with the slogan “50 Years of Making a Difference,” which is an extraordinary claim unaccompanied by any extraordinary evidence. The “Purpose of the National Prayer Breakfast” makes an extraordinary claim,
The purpose of the Parliamentary Prayer Breakfast is to call men and women to God, and then to entrust them with the application of what it means to live out God’s grace as leaders. The Prayer Breakfast is not a lobby group . . . instead there is a trust in the workings of God, that as we love and pray for one another, the Holy Spirit will work in our lives to help us grow as women and men who love mercy, seek justice and humbly walk with God.
which has all the characteristics of Christian propaganda. However,
The annual National Prayer Breakfast is a Christ-centered but not just a Christian event. It does not seek to convert people to Christianity. Rather, the aim is simply to meet in the spirit of Jesus and pray together. This means that we seek to love those around us just as Jesus loved those who were around him. It is recognized that Jesus is at the center of our event when we share a spirit, which is both welcoming and compassionate.
The “Purpose” page goes on to assure Canadians that the Prayer Breakfast is “non-partisan,” but Bob Zimmer, who is chairing the Breakfast, is a Conservative MP whose 2014 Christmas card included “some timeless words” from the Christian bible.
For 50 years “men and women from differing backgrounds [have been gathering] together with our elected public officials to pray in the spirit of Jesus Christ for Canada.” This nonsense has to stop! Elected officials need to stop acting as if The Lord, or God or Jesus is their shepherd. Members of parliament were elected by the people of Canada; they were not elected by the spirit of Jesus Christ. Their position was not announced by “white smoke,” but decided by the number of people who voted for them in the spirit of democracy.
Members of parliament who gather in the spirit of Jesus Christ or any other spiritual being are not adhering to their contract with Canadians:
to conduct him-or herself in the best interests of the country. The oath or solemn affirmation reminds a Member of the serious obligations and responsibilities he or she is assuming.
Although Christians vote, they are not the only voters. Attendance at the National Prayer Breakfast is not in the best interests of the country.