Oklahoma Plans Day of Prayer for Oil Industry

There are two major holidays on the calendar in the upcoming week: Columbus Day and Yom Kippur. If you live in Oklahoma, though, prepare yourself for a third. The state has officially designated October 13th as a day of prayer for the oil industry.

Oilfield Prayer Day is the brainchild of Reverend Tom Beddow, who, as the head of Oklahoma’s Oil Patch Chaplains, travels around the state to provide ministry to employees in the oil industry. He hopes that churches across the state will open their doors and Sooners will flood the pews to ask God to strengthen the oil industry.

Evidently, Governor Mary Fallin agrees with this concept. She made an official proclamation for the day, and plans to attend a special prayer breakfast in Oklahoma City on Thursday morning.

In her official proclamation, Fallin notes that Oklahoma is “blessed” with a large amount of oil and gas, adding that, “Christians acknowledge such natural resources are created by God.” Because of all that fossil fuels do for the state, Fallin says, “Christians are invited to thank God for the blessings created by the oil and natural gas industry and to seek His wisdom and ask for protection.”

Apparently, non-Christian prayers are unhelpful in these efforts, since everyone knows Jesus is fracking’s #1 fan.

As Patheos writes, there’s something “profoundly perverse” about the fact that Fallin is calling on prayers for the oil industry, when she’s never devoted a day of prayers to peace, the terminally ill, the less fortunate, etc.

Indeed, Fallin’s top campaign contributors have been oil and gas companies, so the fact that she’s calling for prayers for this group of people specifically is suspect if not outright sacrilegious. Where are the organized prayers for non-donors?

There’s no denying that the oil industry is facing some trouble, though. Oil is selling for just one third of what it cost in 2014, leaving the state of Oklahoma – which has a substantial number of jobs in the fossil fuel industry – with less money and jobs than it has had in the past.

Though Oilfield Prayer Day reeks of conservatives trying to link faith and fracking for political gain, if you do want to participate in the designated day, I’ve thought of some smart things to request while praying:

1. A prayer to end earthquakes – Scientists have solidly linked its barrage of earthquakes to an increase in fracking activity. While praying to God about natural gas, why not ask for the ground to stop shaking?

2. A prayer for tax increases on the wealthy – If Oklahomans are motivated to pray for fossil fuels because it correlates with their economy, perhaps they should start focusing on the many tax loopholes that the state’s billionaire oil tycoons take advantage of. Oklahoma government wouldn’t need to make nearly so many cuts if it started taxing its richest members at a fair rate. That’s certainly something the conservative politicians could take care of without prayer, even.

3. A prayer to jumpstart renewable energy – At this point, Oklahoma is so in the pocket of the oil industry that it makes up reasons to “fine” people who use solar power. (Thanks, Governor Fallin!) Given what we know about the state of the environment, it’s unlikely to think that oil will be the way of the future, no matter how many people wish it so. By praying for a conversion to clean energy, Oklahomans could give themselves a shot at fixing their economy in a more responsible manner.

4. A prayer for forgiveness – There’s no doubt that the oil and gas industry has been profitable to Oklahoma, but at what cost? Why do government officials think money is more important than a healthy environment? The leaders in the state really ought to be on their knees… begging for forgiveness from not only a higher power who may have created the world (not just the oil and gas that Fallin mentioned in her proclamation,) but also the future generations who will have to deal with this mess.

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94 comments

Leong S
Leong S2 years ago

noted

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Marie W.
Marie W2 years ago

Idiots.

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Graqce Adams
Grace Adams2 years ago

Maybe pray for a federal project--pilot project for enhanced geothermal systems to make good use of equipment and workers of oil industry to tap energy from hot rock reservoirs four to ten kilometers below surface in many states.

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Gina M. H.
Gina H2 years ago

Apparently Tom Beddow and his stupid minions are really praying that their oil stock and generous donations from Big Oil keep pouring in. Why people don't hold these morons accountable for their constant destruction of what they claim their god created is beyond me. Ya can't fix stupid but maybe some of their choices will finally affect them instead of everyone else!

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Siyus Copetallus
Siyus Copetallus2 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

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David C.
David C2 years ago

sickeningly noted, how about a day of prayer for the health of earth and all its inhabitants

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Pablo B.
.2 years ago

noted

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Pablo B.
.2 years ago

noted

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Philip W.
Philip W2 years ago

Why pray for the oil industry? Because prayer doesn't change anything, and they don't want their gravy train derailed.

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Marty Price
Marty Price2 years ago

These people are insane...The only prayer I have for the oil industry is that it goes away.

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