Christianity took yet another blow last week in the American arena. Actually a couple hits.
First we heard about a federal judge in Wisconsin ruling that a statute that sets a day for the National Day of Prayer violates the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment. Funny how it has stood firm since its establishment by Congress in 1952, but now it is suddenly unconstitutional. According to the Freedom From Religion Foundation, this opportunity for Americans to voluntarily pray for our nation creates a hostile environment for nonbelievers.
On the same note, evangelist Franklin Grahams invitation to speak at a Pentagon prayer service on the National Day of Prayer has been rescinded. The Military Religious Freedom Foundation objected to Rev. Grahams involvement in the program because they say his comments about Islam in 2001 were offensive.
When I was growing up, the word tolerance was a nice word. I was taught at home, in school and at church that it is right to respect others beliefs and accept differences. But somehow today tolerance has taken on a whole new meaning. No longer is it sufficient to allow others their individuality. Now Im expected to hide and suppress my own views and beliefs as they might offend someone else. Shouldnt this be a two-way street? How about a little tolerance for Christianity and our beliefs?
What are non-Christians so afraid of anyway? Those that claim they believe in nothing and claim we are superstitious fools should have nothing to fear. If there is nothing to this thing we call prayer, as they claim, then how could it possibly affect them? As for other religions that say their god is the real thing, whats the problem? I have no faith in nor fear of their gods, and therefore couldnt care less if they scream at them in unison from the mountaintops across the country. Why should they care if I pray to mine? I dont expect any more response to them than the prophets of Baal received in Elijahs time when they cried and cut themselves to get his attention. I dont fear their religion because I dont believe in their gods, and I dont understand why they would be so defensive about mine. Maybe the protesters heard the end of that story when our God did hear His prophets cry and sent fire from heaven that consumed the sacrifice, the wood, the water poured upon it and even the very rocks making up the altar. Come to think of it, that might put the fear of God into someone!
Next Thursday, May 6th is our National Day of Prayer. I say we exercise the right we still have in America today to pray to God Almighty at the top of our lungs in the middle of town square if we so choose. I say we lift our voices as a nation today so that our children can still exercise that same right tomorrow.
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 will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land. ~II Chronicles 7:14.