The National Day of Prayer

May 6, 2010

Shouldn't we be praying every day anyway?

There is an uproar in many circles over the recent ruling by a judge in Wisconsin that the National Day of Prayer violates the first amendment. Let me start with what seems obvious to me – the ruling is wrong. I think that the first amendment’s purpose was to protect the church from the state not visa versa. I don’t think a generic national day of prayer is any different from a day of thanksgiving (although I have no doubt that that will be challenged soon too). But with that disclaimer, let me say the following about the national day of prayer: We live in a society that is hardly Christian at all. The average person knows nothing about the Bible, Jesus, or theology. And so this reflects upon our government (including judges).

The population shapes politics….politics does not shape the population. The reason our country is on the verge of saying that it our constitution prohibits a day of corporate prayer is the direct result of the fact that a huge segment of our population has almost no connection to the church at all.

I hope this court ruling doesn’t spark a series of sermons throughout the land decrying the fall of American culture. We need to stop yelling at the culture and start serving, proclaiming the fact that Jesus is King, and concentrate disciplining converts. We need to plant churches and be a part of the communities in which we live. When the population is overwhelmingly Christian and properly discipled, politics will not be a problem.

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