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In Mt. Vernon, Texas, Drummond's Bar began construction on expansion of their building to increase their business.

In response, the local Baptist church started a campaign with petitions and prayers to block the bar from expanding.

Work [on the expansion] progressed right up until the week before the grand reopening [of the bar] when lightning struck the bar and [caused it to burn] to the ground.

[Afterwards], the church folks were rather smug in their outlook, bragging about "the power of prayer", until the bar owner sued the church on the grounds that the church "was ultimately responsible for the demise of his building, either through direct or indirect actions or means".

In its reply to the court, the church vehemently denied all responsibility or any connection to the building's demise.

The judge read through the plaintiff's complaint and the defendant's reply, and at the opening hearing he commented, "I don't know how I'm going to decide this, but it appears from the paperwork that we have a bar owner who believes in the power of prayer, and an entire church congregation that now does not."


User Comments:
Jonas - Dec 3, 2010 05:19:18 — 

According to, the story isn't true (but who cares?!).  Here's an excerpt:

"The story isn't supposed to be read as relating something that happened in real life; it's a modern day admonition to churchgoers not to allow transient secular needs to get in the way of their faith.  What a person believes or will stand up for shouldn't change because there's a monetary factor involved; otherwise, it's not true belief.  As the fictional judge points out, there is something untoward about a congregation so willing to put worldly matters first that it denies it believes in prayer.

"While the tale is an exaggeration of its underlying moral, that overstatement is a way of prompting folks to measure the contents of their hearts against those of the fictional congregation to see if they themselves aren't at times engaging in a bit of religious distancing.  Do they set aside their faith, and their pride in it, when faith becomes inconvenient?  Or do they stand up for their beliefs and proudly proclaim them, even when doing so is to their disadvantage, financial or otherwise?"

Barbara "standing order" Mikkelson

Jonas - Dec 3, 2010 09:20:16 — 

I stumbled across this and thought it fit the story:

6 Humble yourselves, therefore, under God's mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.  7 Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.

 8 Be alert and of sober mind.  Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.  9 Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.

1 Peter 5:6-9

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