Praying for America

There are many in America whose hearts bleed for our country.  This has led to many doing noble and even sacrificial deeds to make a difference.  Many enlist in military capacity and fight for the freedoms we see diminishing.  More picket and protest the government.  This being a lawful and important exercise, when kept in peacable parameters, proves to be both constitutional and effective.  All of these are good, but how often do we turn to God in prayer and protest, not the government, but the throne of grace upon which God Almighty sits?  He it is to whom we owe our debt of gratitude as Americans.  “America, America, God shed His grace on thee.”

With the utter neglect and outright denial of our nation’s Christian heritage, we as Americans have forgotten where we came from, hence not knowing where we are going.  This is a cause for prayer.

Fox News recently reported ( ) that with the resignation of Justice John Paul Stephens the High court will be left without a justice from a protestant background.  As of now, the remaining eight justices are divided as follows: six Catholics and two Jewish justices.

Seventy percent of Americans polled did not see a problem with this scenario and the poll suggested open-mindedness across the board for jsutices of varying backgrounds.  Should this lack of Judeo-Christian viewpoint on our nation’s highest court concern conservative, God-loving people?

In this day and time of judicial activism we ought to think more carefully about the religious affiliations of our government officials.   Concerning the history of the Supreme Court, you will find the following statistics:

32.4% of all justice have been Episcopal

17.6% were Presbyterian

4.6% were Methodists

12% were Protestant not further defined

only 1 was not a member of a church

2.75% were Baptist

Said Geoffrey R. Stone, a law professor at the University of Chicago, “The practical reality of life in America is that religion plays much less of a role in everyday life than it did 50 or 100 years ago.”  My question:  “What ever happened to the America of Jefferson, Washington and Lincoln?”  What happened to the America founded upon the precepts of the Bible?

My advice today is not that we take up arms or carry a sign of protest or even crash the switchboards in Washington.  I am proposing that we return to our knees and pray that the hand of God’s judgment would refrain and His hand of blessing woudl return.

What we see on the High Court is what we see in the grocery store or the basketball court- we see a country moving away from God Almighty, the all-sufficient Savior of mankind.  In the ever prescient words of Vance Havner, “Unless there is soon a turning to God in America we may end up in the biggest buzzard roost of all time.”


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