Letter to the Editor
As we listen to the national news almost every week there is some sort of national or international catastrophe that we are experiencing.
Our nation suffers more and more weather disasters, crimes of mass shootings, abductions, terrorisms, money crimes including embezzlement, fraud, money laundering, bribes and drug-related crimes. I look at rising statistics of depression, suicide, divorce, single-parent homes, the homeless and joblessness. There is a moral decay in our nation resulting in the increased use of pornography (so easy to access now), higher numbers of human sex trafficking and enslavement, STDs, AIDS, lying, greed and killing of the unborn.
We are a nation divided by political parties, differing views on morality, what is right, what is wrong, what is truth? “There is a way that seems right to a man, but it’s end is the way of death.” Proverbs 14:12. We have turned away from God. It is not politically correct to talk about Him in public.
How did the leaders of our past handle national strife and disasters? Most of the founders of our great nation and many great leaders who followed understood well that the success of this nation was and would be due first and foremost to the blessings and guidance of our great God. “One nation under God indivisible with liberty and justice for all.”
They were humble enough to understand their need for God’s wisdom and help in governing. Benjamin Franklin, concerned with strife and infighting during the Constitutional convention, spoke up at a session. Addressing George Washington, president of that convention, he counseled his fellow delegates to beseech the aid of almighty God before proceeding with further work on the specifics of the Constitution.
Later in America’s history, eight months before the Gettysburg Address, Abraham Lincoln received a request from the Senate, a resolution introduced to the Senate by James Harlan of Iowa asking the President to proclaim and appoint a National Fast Day. The resolution was adopted on March 3 written and signed by Lincoln on March 30, 1863. Lincoln went on to declare “a day of national humiliation, fasting and prayer” asking “for people to abstain, on that day (Thursday, April 30, 1863) from their ordinary secular pursuits and to unit at their several places of public worship and their respective homes, in keeping the day holy to the Lord.”
There was a time the majority of our citizens believed in one God. When we heard our President or other elected government representatives acknowledge God in the public arena we trusted that they understood and were responsible first to God and then to us as “public servants” when considering legislation and how they ran their offices. Many 20th century Presidents prayed publicly for our nation. One of them being Franklin D. Roosevelt on D-Day, WWII, in a radio broadcast June 6, 1944. Presidents Dwight D. Eisenhower and Ronald Reagan at their inaugurations placed a hand on an open Bible on the Scripture in 2 Chronicles 7:14 “If My people, which are called by My name, shall 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.” As President Lincoln recognized the country’s need to pray and repent many today recognize history repeating itself. There are many Christians across this great nation praying, repenting and humbly asking God to heal our land. He will keep His promise, “If My people...” Please join in, repent, and pray for leaders who are men and women of integrity who will lead and live humbly as they courageously stand for truth and justice, honoring God and seeking His wisdom in order that once again we will truly become once again, “One Nation Under God indivisible with liberty and justice for all.” To God be the Glory.