Today I Prayed For…

I was a big fan of the television show “The West Wing”.  I also loved “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip” (created by the same guy) but it got cancelled and I’m bitter so I would thank you not to bring that up.)  Anyway, there was this amusing little bit in the episode “Debate Camp” that I always liked involving 600,000 Evangelicals praying for C.J. (the White House Press Secretary).  It went like this:
 
BILL STARK
(enters) Excuse me, C.J.

C.J.
Yeah?

BILL STARK
Bill Stark. I’m with "Kingspeak." We’re a magazine that reaches over 600,000
Christians Evangelicals. I’m sorry I missed your first briefing. I heard you did well.

C.J.
I can do better.

BILL
I wanted to tell you that on December 10th, all 600,000 will be praying for you.

C.J.
Really?

BILL
That’s right.

C.J.
I don’t understand.

BILL
Well, once a year, we identify the 365 most influential people in media and we assign each of them a calendar day and we pray for them.

C.J.
I really don’t know what to say in response to that sort of kindness.

Later in the episode it comes up once more with humorous results. 
 
LEO
Not quite. Our report card for our first two weeks in office. The President’s approval has gone from 61% during the transition– when, I suppose, there’s nothing to approve– to 49% once there was. 47% see him as a strong leader– a result of bungling the Rooker nomination–and African-American support, which basically elected him, has gone from 92 to 78. Finally, if the election were held today, the President would be Chairman of the Economics Department at Phillips Andover Academy. Can anyone report anything good?

C.J.
600,000 Evangelicals are praying for me… so… we have that going for us.

LEO
What the hell are you talking about?

C.J.
It’s true– a guy gave me this card: "365 in Media."

SAM
Who are the others?

C.J.
I don’t know, let’s see… "Hugh Hefner, Don Imus, Howard Stern…" all the late-night guys.  This is… one, two, three… this is the Editorial Board of The New York
Times. This isn’t a good list, this is a list of people who are going to hell!

TOBY
Yes.

C.J.
They’re not praying for me because they like me! It’s ’cause I’m doomed to eternal damnation!

SAM
Well, if you weren’t, it’d be a waste of praying.

C.J.
You’re on the list too, pal.

SAM
Can I see that?

LEO
You can all leave.
 
I always found this to be one of those amusing things that seemed real but obviously was not.  Well hold onto your hats because I bring you The Hollywood Prayer Network!  According to their website, “The Hollywood Prayer Network is a non-denominational Christian prayer ministry for the purpose of praying for the people, the projects and the powerful influence of the Entertainment Industry. HPN believes that by mobilizing global prayer we can be a part of God’s miraculous work of changing the spiritual climate of Hollywood, from the inside out.”  Here’s where things get totally fun, if you click on the National Media Prayer Breakfast link on their homepage you get taken to here, and you see this!


 
How awesome is that?  There really is a calendar!  I love it!  They really tell you who to pray for each day!
 
Okay, serious time.  I don’t find this offensive at all.  C.J. was right, they are praying for her because they think she’s going to hell (damn liberals!) but it doesn’t change the fact that they’re praying for her.  It’s not like they’re sitting around praying to God for her untimely demise, essentially they’re praying that she allows God to work through her, blah, blah, blah.  Harmless stuff, and certainly not going to hurt anyone.  And besides, it’s totally fun!
 
I hope one day The Hollywood Prayer Network sets aside a day for people to pray for me!

By the way, today is September 1, 2007.  You should be praying for Christina Norman, President of MTV and MTV, and "cultural influencer" Conan O’Brien.