The push has been hard and firm over the last few years to eliminate from public site and memory that our nation was founded upon, and succeeded as a result of, reliance on God and the Judeo-Christian principles issuing from God.
It is about individual freedom.
Judaism and Christianity are the only major world religions holding individual freedom in high regard. Our founders used an understanding of the principles of these two worldviews, along with study of civilization’s history, to craft a new kind of government.
At a time when violence is on the rise, the nation would benefit from prayer as it did during times of past internal division and external threat.
John Adams, the third president of the
President Abraham Lincoln on April 30, 1863 proclaimed a day of “national humiliation, fasting and prayer.”
In 1952, President Harry S. Truman signed a bill proclaiming that a National Day of Prayer must be declared by each following president at an appropriate date of his choice.
A lawsuit to end National Day of Prayer was launched in 2008 by the Wisconsin-based Freedom from Religion Foundation. Their protest rests on the tired argument that prayer violates a “separation of church and state.”
It’s a twisting of the Bill of Rights’ First Amendment – “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the fee exercise thereof…”
Part of the effort to rewrite American history also includes arguing that the founders were not Christians but Deists.
Denying the Christian faith is a personal choice, but to deny the uniquely Christian form and substance that animated this country from the founding is just plain false.
Certainly popular governments had existed, and federal governments, but there had been no limited government, no “state” whose authority had been defined by a force external to its own.
Rejecting Jesus Christ does not negate the fact that everything about an understanding of government shifted when he proclaimed in Matthew 22:21: “Render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and unto God the things that are God’s.”
Philosophers such as Cicero, Solon, Seneca and Socrates had drawn hypothetical lines between governments and people. But Jesus gave what British legislator Lord Acton called a sacredness to the civil power it had never enjoyed, and bounds it had never acknowledged.
It took 1,176 years but
God made freedom possible in
Carla Garrison follows current events with one eye on history and the other on the future. Her goal is to encourage people to know the truth and use it as a call to personal action. Read more Truth be Told.
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