May 2: National Day of Prayer

Today is National Day of Prayer. Thank God for freedom and do your part to fight for keeping it. Photo:

WASHINGTON , May 2, 2013 – It is a good day to pray to God on behalf of our nation.

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. America is a Christian nation because of the principles and beliefs that formulated our founding documents.

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 United States, declared May 9, 1798 as “a day of solemn humility, fasting, and prayer.”

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.

Proof that America’s founders were primarily Christian from Washington to Madison, Benjamin Rush to Ben Franklin is revealed in their original writings and first-person documentation of proceedings. George Washington’s Farewell Address is a good example.

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.

America was the first truly free society as measured on criteria that holds true internationally today (see Freedom House).

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 America, like Christianity, rejected manmade human rights and absolute authority of governments and embraced the moral superiority of individual freedom.

God made freedom possible in America. It’s worth being thankful for that freedom, if not but one day a year.

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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