Will God Keep Blessing America?
On the first Thursday of May each year, we celebrate the National Day of Prayer. This day has been an important part of our national heritage. The first call to prayer was in 1775 when the Continental Congress asked the colonies to pray for guidance in forming our new nation. The call to prayer has continued over the many years in our nation's history. In 1863, President Lincoln proclamed a day of "humiliation, fasting and prayer" during the Civil War. A joint resolution by Congess, signed by President Truman, declared an annual, natonal day of prayer. The law was amended and signed by President Reagan in 1988, setting the day as the first Thursday of every May.
This day of prayer gives us the opportunity to come together as a nation and to come before God, seeking His guidance for our leaders and grace for us as a people. Over two million citizens gather at state capitals, city halls, churches and homes to pray. This day belongs to all Americans. It is a day that brings us all together - people from all backgrounds - to ask God for his blessings.
After September 11, 2001, Americans began to plead with God to bless our nation. Signs saying "God Bless America" were everywhere. We wanted God to protect us from the terrorists, to keep us safe and secure. Politicians finished every speech with "God Bless America" and the song "God Bless America" was played at stadiums all over the nation. My question is - Will God Keep Blessing America? and Why should he?
For years this country has turned away from God. Our leaders are afraid to discuss their faith in God because it might offend someone. We have removed Him from schools and government buildings. Some would say that our society is sinful and evil. Drugs, crime, pornography, homosexuality, fornification and abortions surely are not pleasing to our God. So why should He bless us?
This nation was established on Biblical principles. It seems that many of today's leaders have forgotten these principles that our founding fathers used to create this great nation. I yearn for the day when President Reagan was in office. Please watch and listen to the following clip of President Reagan - "Without God".
Today we are led by a man who claims he is a Christian. I cannot and will not dispute his claim. Only God knows a man's heart. However, his actions paint a different picture. He found time to prepare an eight paragraph proclamation for Earth Day, but could not find the time to issue a proclamation for Easter, the holiest day of the year for Christians. He has omitted "Creator" from the Declaration of Independence on at least three occasions. He has issued statements marking all major Muslim holidays, which have no historical significance to our nation. Finally, he made no mention of Good Friday or Easter in his weekly radio address to the nation.
In 2008 Barack Obama stated that "America is no longer a Christian nation."
God has blessed us in the past because we are a Christian nation and it is up to us whether or not He continues to do so. The majority of Americans identify themselves as Christians - nearly 80% of the population. We are facing some difficult times in America and need to turn to God for His help. The world is a very dangerous place with terrorism still a huge threat. The economy is suffering with high gas prices, unemployment and an overall decline in our way of life. As Christians, we need to remind everyone of what God told us in 2 Chronicles 7:14.
"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 I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sins and will heal their land."
My prayer is that we will return to our Christian roots. Make prayer an important part of our lives at home, at work, in schools and in our government. We must not worry about being "politically correct" and not be ashamed of our faith in God. Seek God's will for us, but knowing it is our responsibility to do His will. Then, and only then, will our country be truly blessed.