Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson speaks to the 2018 Values Voter Summit in Washington, Friday, Sept. 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
On Saturday, the White House Coronavirus Task Force convened to give more information to the public on the latest developments in the fight against the Wuhan coronavirus.
HUD Secretary Ben Carson is one of the members of the task force. After spending a few minutes thanking both the private and public sector for their round the clock efforts and noting how important it was for everyone to work together, Carson reminded people that President Trump had declared Sunday a National Day of Prayer.
Carson, a doctor, then took the opportunity to deliver a powerful message in just 40 seconds on how essential prayer and faith is in our lives, especially in times of crisis, and how it is one of the things that has made America the great country that it is:
“You know, we’ve gotten away from prayer and faith a lot in this country. There’s nothing wrong with godly principles, no matter what your faith is,” Carson stated. “Loving your neighbor, caring about the people around you, developing your God-given talents to the utmost so that you become valuable to the people around you, having values and principles that govern your life. Those are things that made America zoom to the top of the world in record time. And those are the things that will keep us there, too.”
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Naturally, the left attacked him for daring to mention these inconvenient truths, falsely accusing him of insinuating that only faith and prayer can heal those diagnosed with the Wuhan coronavirus.
That Carson is being mocked by the left for this simple yet timely message is yet another reminder about how secularized the Democratic party has become.
But instead of focusing on that, I’d like to explain why Carson was right.
When someone is suffering, whether a family member, friend, co-worker or someone you don’t know, oftentimes it’s hard to know what to say that would give that person a significant degree of comfort.
A surefire way 99% of the time is to let that person know you’re thinking of them and praying for them. It lets them know you care, that you want things to get better for them and their loved ones. It’s also a powerful reminder of God’s strength.
I have even seen nonbelievers tell people who offer them their thoughts and prayers how much it touched them to know they were praying for them.
After 9/11, I turned to prayer first and foremost. I had been in New York City the day of the horrific terrorist attacks, and though I wasn’t at Ground Zero, being in the same city where the planes hit the towers absolutely shook me to the core.
The first Sunday after 9/11, I was in church with my family because the only thing that could help me through the guilt and grief I felt was praying, and by being prayed for.
Faith in God has carried many people through the ups and downs in their lives. When they felt they had nothing else, they knew they had their faith in God to guide them. It made them stronger, more committed to helping those in need, more emboldened to commit selfless acts in order to help others.
There is nothing wrong with reminding Americans that we are at our best when godly faith is used as our guiding principle. Nothing at all.