Prayer – a time of listening and talking with God – is very important.
America now has many problems and many gods. To whom should we pray? America’s Constitution has only one God – our Lord. “In the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty-seven” is an undeniable reference to Jesus Christ. Our Founders freely prayed in the Name of Jesus Christ. We put our hand on His Book in government and in court. The First Amendment was designed by Bible believers who understood that the only way to become a follower of our Lord is to be persuaded — not coerced.
Freedom of speech, press, and assembly are essential for practicing and promoting Bible-based faith.
Our Founders did not want Congress adding any laws to Bible-based religion (Establishment Clause). Nor were they to remove any Bible-based freedom (Free Exercise Clause). “Religion” (Catholic, Protestant, Jewish) referred to Bible-based faith.
Our motto states, “In God we trust.” If “religion” referred to other gods, we would say, “In gods we trust.”
In the last seven decades there have been many violations of the Free Exercise Clause preventing the use of the Bible, the Ten Commandments, prayer, etc. During this time, many foreign religions have been introduced. They do not believe in our Lord’s Book or the First Amendment, but they do believe in coercion. Examples are Pearl Harbor in 1941, and the Twin Towers in 2001.
Countries that endorse coercive religions do not have, nor do they want, a First Amendment. In America, proponents of immorality want to twist or deny our Founders’ first freedom. Those who support immorality or a coercive religion are often hostile to our Lord’s Book and the First Amendment. See www.religioushostility.org.
The Obama administration’s stance is frequently deplorable.
A prayer: May America read the Bible and understand why our Founders referred to Jesus Christ as “our Lord.”
Virgil UllomBabson Park