Sunday, February 12, 2012, LL Cool J did something that was very courageous in today’s environment. He offered the following prayer:
That such a prayer was offered and so warmly welcomed on national television before such a decisively secular crowd -- with nary a complaint -- is reflective, I think, of something culturally significant:Heavenly Father, we thank you for sharing our sister Whitney with us. Today our thoughts are with her mother, her daughter, and all of her loved ones. And although she is gone too soon, we remain truly blessed to have been touched by her beautiful spirit, and to have the legacy of her music to cherish and share forever. Amen.
The vast majority of people in this country believe in God. They also believe in prayer and take comfort in the practice of praying, especially when they are struggling to make sense of a broken world. As such, despite some rogue objections on occasion, there's no need to shy away from this type of public expression of faith. It is healty and it is helpful.
How LL Cool J prayed is just how most prayers in public settings have been traditionally offered over the years. Personally I pray in Jesus' name. But Sunday night's host prayed as one might expect one pray before a secular crowd. He simply acknowledged God and expressed gratitude for the life of a recording artist whom millions of people appreciated for over 20 years. In doing so LL Cool J subtly reminder viewers that there is a boss of the universe -- and we're not Him.
That is not controversial or divisive. It is a good thing!
He probably could not have offered this prayer at a football game or school graduation.