Still Praying at the Pump | Video


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I posted a news item on this guy awhile ago and he's still going strong. . .at least with the news stories.

The Pray at the Pump Movement, founded by Rocky Twyman, has been holding prayer vigils at gas stations across the country. On Monday, Twyman decided to take his movement from Exxon and Shell stations straight to the steps of the Embassy of Saudi Arabia in Washington, D.C., hoping to encourage the oil-rich country to raise the amount of barrels they release each day from 200,000 to 1.2 million.

Twyman, who is a member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, spent the afternoon outside of the embassy praying and asking passersby to sign his petition for the release of more oil, which he hopes to deliver to the Saudi oil minister.

While their prayers haven't actually been lowering prices, the Washington Post reports that they have angered some gas station managers because of hampered business.

DC-based Wonkette writes:

Rockville preacher Rocky Twyman started the goofy hobby in April, annoying station owners and managers in D.C. — and that’s when prices began rising rapidly. Undeterred, Twyman has spread his dumb movement to places like Florida and Ohio and California. Wherever his prayerful dupes show up, gas prices rise even faster. . .Saudis have a totally different God that the American Jesus. . .You’re doing it wrong.

That's not the nicest way to put it. But this does raise a crucial theological question or two. Beyond the question of how God influences humans with free will and markets and non-Christians when Christians ask for intervention, if prices fall, can the Pray At the Pump Movement justifiably claim victory?


This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at http://spectrummagazine.org/node/755