Nation in need of spiritual revival
To the editor:
The chairperson of the National Day of Prayer once stated that: “We have lost many of our freedoms in America because we have been asleep. If we do not become involved and support the annual National Day of Prayer, we could end up forfeiting this freedom, too.”
Freedom of religion is one of the basic tenets of the founding principles of this nation and while we are primarily a Judeo-Christian nation, we are a nation of faith that encompasses many religions and beliefs. There was never any intentions by our Founding Fathers of excluding religion from our public or private lives nor was it ever intended for federal government to endorse or suppress a specific faith, religion or belief.
American Christians are witnessing a new age as people of Biblical faith are under attack by a group of self-appointed wicked elites that are creating the most Biblically hostile environment ever witnessed in our nation. Catholics and Protestants in this nation are being targeted through the use of executive orders, mandates, rulings and laws (such as in the name of health care) to go against their doctrines and beliefs. We are also witnessing the disrespectful and appalling treatment of Jews and Israel in particular as our executive branch in Washington, D.C. pursues, in the name of peace, an unholy alliance of Biblical description that forces a treaty upon the people of Israel.
This nation is in need of a spiritual revival in which the cold ashes of apathy, complacency, fear, shallow theology and an out-of-control government is replaced by the powerful truths of the reality of the Living God. This nation’s National Day of Prayer is a significant part of our heritage, as in 1775 during a meeting of the Continental Congress, all the colonies were asked to pray for wisdom as the policies to govern this nation were being formed.
In 1863, during the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln issued a proclamation appointing a National Fast Day of humiliation, fasting and prayer.
In 1952, President Truman signed a resolution from congress officially creating a National Day of Prayer.
In 1982, the first Thursday in May was designated as the National Day of Prayer and President Reagan issued a proclamation that signed into law that day each year as the National Day of Prayer.
In 2009, while our 44th president does not host any National Day of Prayer event at the White House, he does host White House after-dinners in honor of Ramadan.
In 2010, a U.S. district judge ruled that the government sanctioned National Day of Prayer established by congress and always supported in the past with a proclamation from our president is unconstitutional. Christian leader Franklin Graham is also disinvited from the Pentagon’s Prayer event because of complaints from an ethnic group.
Our fourth president and father of our constitution warned: “There are more instances of the abridgement of freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments by those in power than by violent and sudden usurpation.”
– James Lee Elliott, Fairfield