America is in a state of malaise. More than 60 percent of us believe the country is headed in the wrong direction, according to a recent CBS News/New York Times poll.
Against that backdrop, people of faith will gather in cities and towns from sea to shining sea to observe the 61st annual National Day of Prayer; to ask God to shed his grace on our troubled land.
Of course, not everyone looks forward to today’s observance. “The National Day of Prayer demeans millions of Americans who believe that reason, not prayer is the way to solve the country’s problems,” complained Maggie Ardiente, Director of Communications for the American Humanist Association.
But I can’t think of one national problem the humanists (or atheists or secularists or naturalists or whatever else they call themselves) have solved by their godless reasoning.
They succeeded in persuading the courts to ban school prayer. Since then, violence, drug abuse and teen-age pregnancy has become prevalent among the nation’s public school children as scholastic achievement has steadily declined.
They challenge government aid to faith-based social service providers that feed the hungry, shelter the homeless, nurse the infirm, clean up the substance abuser and rehabilitate the criminal offender.
Yet they have no problem with federal tax dollars going to Planned Parenthood, the nation’s biggest abortion provider, which is responsible for the mass murder of more 1 million pre-born children every year.
And they sue public officials, like Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, for publicly participating in days of prayer, claiming violation of the First Amendment’s so-called Establishment Clause.
Yet, 214 years ago this month, John Adams, the nation’s second president, declared a day of “Solemn Humiliation, Fasting and Prayer.”
If the nation’s founders considered government-sponsored prayer a violation of the First Amendment, surely those who were still alive at the time would have protested – including James Madison, author of the Bill of Rights.
America has strayed far from its religious moorings. The godless element in our country, aided by activist judges and courts, have successfully evicted God from the public square, resulting in the rending of the nation’s social and moral fabric.
But there is hope.
The Creator of heaven and earth promises: “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.”