A few years ago Alanis Morrisette released her hit song, "Isn't it Ironic?" which included in its lyrics a bunch of situations that wouldn't really qualify as irony, just really sucky situations. So, for the educational benefit of Alanis and everyone else, I'd like to point out some true real-life irony happening in the public eye right now.
A few weeks ago, Jim Dobson sent one of his people to Denver to pray for rain during Barak Obama's speech in hopes to rain it out. And they asked other people to pray for such rain. Sure, they dressed it up a bit as humor so they wouldn't look as foolish when it didn't happen. But they did say they were "only partly joking" revealing the truth about the simple intent of their message being pure hate-mongering.
Well, they asked God for rain, and they got rain. They got Hurricane Gustav. The only problem for Jim Dobson and friends is that Gustav is messing up the RNC, not the DNC.
(Note: This should not be read as making light of the devastation Gustav is likely to cause. It should instead be read as making light of Focus on the Family's actions.)
Here's a list of ways I think their prayers could have been better used:
1. To pray for Senator Obama. (As we're commanded in scripture to pray for our enemies, since they consider him the enemy, perhaps they could've prayed for him.)
2. For rain. Only instead of praying for rain at the DNC they could've prayed for rain to go to the areas of the world currently devastated by drought.
3. For healing of the divisions in our nation.
4. For healing of the divisions amongst followers of Jesus.
5. For Brett Favre to remain a Packer.