God is not aloof and unimpressed by our prayers and petitions. God promised in 2 Chronicles 7:14 that “if my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways,” he would heal their land. Our land needs healing from social and moral failures, anger and hatred, false teachings and misplaced hope, and from poor leadership and lack of ethics.
Our president has shown disregard for our religious values and heritage. However, 1 Timothy 2:1-2 implores us to pray for our leaders (even those we disagree with) in order that we may live peaceful lives.
Are our schools teaching about “patriotism” and “religious freedom” — the latter enshrined in our Constitution — or are these topics too volatile in our politically indulgent environment? The phrase “for God and country” is treated as antiquated terminology instead of a proud oath. The idea is rooted in the Mayflower Compact, which says America was begun “for the glory of God and the advancement of the Christian faith.”
Contrary to liberal thinking, our Founding Fathers desired to acknowledge the divine foundation of our country. Fifty-three of the 56 signers of the Declaration referred to themselves as Christians. Patrick Henry championed churches receiving government support from taxes. George Washington said, “It is impossible to govern the world without God and the Bible” and declared a national day of prayer and thanksgiving.
The Ten Commandments are on display in the Supreme Court and the Capitol building, connecting the law of God with the law of man. On the Washington Monument are the words “Praise Be To God.” Our currency declares “In God We Trust.” Our hope is not in a particular political party but in an omniscient guide. It is by his mercy and grace that America, “one nation under God,” has been fruitful and mighty.
Diane R. Conner