A remarkable event took place on May 6th. Across this nation, citizens gathered to pray for America. At the service I attended, we prayed for God’s blessings upon America’s leaders, business men and women, educators, military personnel, and many more. What are God’s blessings? They are described throughout the Bible, such as Galatians 5:22-23, “But the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.”
Sadly, some organizations think there should be laws against such things. The freedom from religion foundation (ffrf) has gone to court to declare the National Day of Prayer unconstitutional. Not only do they not want God’s blessings for themselves, they do not want God’s blessings for anyone else. Every representative to the Constitutional Convention of 1787 expressed the belief that the citizens of America could not create and sustain the kind of government necessary to secure liberty unless they practiced “Christian forbearance” toward each other. During its contentious beginning, Benjamin Franklin moved that each Assembly be opened with “prayers imploring the assistance of Heaven, and its blessing on our deliberations… and that one or more of the clergy of this city be requested to officiate in that service.” After such prayers were instituted, Dr. Franklin declared, “May we… continue, under the influence of republican virtue, to partake of all the blessings of cultivated and Christian society.” The actions of organizations like the ffrf are completely foreign to our Founders who wrote our Constitution and its first ten amendments. History has taught us well that, whether benevolent or malicious, any government that attempts to replace the blessings of God with the virtues of man is necessarily and inevitably totalitarian.