The liberal left is indignant. The atheists are foaming at the mouth. The media is openly hostile and the un-churched are screaming separation of church and state. Why so much angst over a man exercising his First Amendment right to pray to his God and invite others to do the same? I mean, it’s not like we couldn’t use a bit of help here. Our country is falling apart. And only a handful of our elected officials even recognize how close we are to the edge of the abyss. Yesterday the Dow plummeted over 500 points. Today the country’s credit rating was downgraded for the first time ever. We have record unemployment, record deficits, and Americans are worried about their futures. The traditional family unit is under attack, the definition of marriage is being changed, popular culture is robbing children of their innocence, and our Christian heritage is being written out of history. People are afraid that life as we knew it is over. In response to these and other global events, Governor Rick Perry from Texas issued a proclamation recognizing August 6, 2011 as a day of fasting and prayer.
Given the trials that have beset our country and world – from the global economic downturn to natural disasters, the lingering danger of terrorism and wars that endanger our troops in Iraq, Afghanistan and theaters of conflict around the globe, and the decline of our culture in the context of the demise of families – it seems imperative that the people of our nation should once again join together for a solemn day of prayer and fasting on behalf of our troubled nation.
THEREFORE, I invite my fellow Texans to join me on August 6 at Reliant Stadium in Houston, as we pray for unity and righteousness – for this great state, this great nation and all mankind. I urge Americans of faith to pray on that day for the healing of our country, the rebuilding of our communities and the restoration of enduring values as our guiding force.
Governor Perry is calling on Americans who claim to believe in God to put their money where their mouth is, and recognize that our help as a nation will not come from politicians. It will not come from the liberal left, Academia or from Hollywood. It certainly won’t come from the United Nations. Help is only available from one source, and that is the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. The God of Israel. The God who sent his Son to die on our behalf so that we could be reconciled back to him.
There has been a lot of hand-wringing over the Governor’s decision to exercise his own faith in such a public way, but only one opinion really matters. Long ago God told Israel what to do at a time like this, and the same instruction applies to us today.
If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14 (NIV)
I join Governor Perry and other faithful Americans in seeking God’s face today. There is hope for America, and it begins on our knees.
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