Reflections on the National Day of Prayer
“Civilization today reminds me of an ape with a blowtorch playing in a room full of dynamite. It looks like the monkeys are about to operate the zoo, and the inmates are taking over the asylum.” ~Vance Havner (1901-1986)
Vance Havner was an old school Southern Baptist preacher, and he’s been dead over twenty-five years. Imagine what he’d say today.
Yesterday I attended a meeting called to commemorate the National Day of Prayer.* The sad part was that in a city of multiplied thousands, the unadvertised meeting, held in a small auditorium of a megachurch, was attended by only a couple hundred persons, mostly suited churchmen and civic leaders (without their wives), and lasted about an hour. For the most part, all form, no substance. Considering the state of the Union, I’d say that Christians ought not to be staging events, but calling around-the-clock prayer meetings. Prayer changes things, not talking about prayer.
The one woman on the program was assigned domestic issues: marriage (“gay marriage”) and babies (abortion). Being pro-life, she also added concern for the disabled and the growing threat of euthanasia. One judge mentioned that we should stop trying to be politically correct and try to do what is right in the sight of God: we need more judges like that. But the person who really touched me was the young, thin high school principal, in tears and depressed, over what is happening in the public schools. “We’re not allowed to teach morality, to read the Bible and pray, to say what we believe …” Myself a trained counselor, I could imagine the mess he was experiencing every day: wayward teenagers, no absolute standard for right and wrong, and no legal avenue for redress. The “law” had hamstrung even the most gallant. What we need in public schools is not a trembling educator but a General Patton or a John Wayne, the rugged individualist, neither of whom had ever had an education course.
All the voices were well and good, as stated, but the worse thing was the rock band they’d put near the podium to do the music. There is no hope of bringing America back to God as long as rock music exists. Pastors call it “young people’s music,” but it is the devil’s music: they are turning their young people over to the devil. International Christians tell American Christians, “We want the gospel, but we don’t want your music.” Christians from Africa say it is the music the animists use to call up the demons. You want God back in America? Abolish rock music.
America is in the worst shape it has ever been in, and all the talk won’t change it. Prayer does change things; but if people are going to pray, then why don’t they pray instead of talking about praying? Why don’t they speak out instead of hiding out in small auditoriums?
One pastor said, “We’ve been taken over by an alien culture. We didn’t choose it. We don’t want it. It was forced on us.” He’s right. It’s Marxist. Communist. And goes by the innocuous name Liberal. But forced on us? How is something forced on us without us acquiescing? Why have Christians allowed it to happen? Why haven’t they flexed some muscle long before now?
After World War I, Allied forces in Europe uncovered a set of “rules for revolution.” The primary focus was the corruption or demoralization of the young through drugs, alcohol, wildness, violence, rock music, and sex. “Get them away from religion. Destroy their ruggedness.” This set of “rules for revolution” as I have it has to be a translation—originally probably Russian, possibly German. Wonder what ruggedness translates.
Another focus was the control of media. “Get them interested in athletics.” “Divide the people in hostile groups” by controlling the talking points. “Destroy the people’s faith in their leaders by holding them up to ridicule.” “Preach democracy but seize power as fast and as ruthlessly as possible.”
“Encourage government extravagance, destroy its credit, produce fear of inflation with rising price and general discontent.” I didn’t write this stuff; I’m just reporting it. And it is decades old.
“Foment unnecessary strikes in vital industries and encourage civil disorder”—which was what we saw in the 1960s moreso than now.
“Cause the breakdown of moral virtues, honesty, sobriety, continence, faith, and ruggedness.” This is the second time they have used that word ruggedness. Interesting.
“Cause the registration of all firearms on some pretext, with a view to confiscating them and leaving the population helpless.”
What this tells us is that our situation didn’t merely happen: it was planned and orchestrated. An un-American group, possibly non-American group, actively engineered the takeover of this country. They infiltrated all levels of government and society and took over by subversion. They’ve taken control of everything, even churches. And while we fiddled, America burned. Getting rid of them now would be like having to tent a house to gas vermin. To do that, the tenants have to clear out for a few days, don’t they? In this case, how would you distinguish the tenants from the vermin?
These “rules for revolution” are akin to our understanding of Communism. The basic tenets of the Communist Manifesto include abolition of private property (like the government claiming the water rights to your private well), heavy progressive income tax (Constitutionally illegal because you are asked to testify against yourself, giving away information the government has no right to), abolition of rights of inheritance, confiscation of property rights, central bank, government ownership of communication and transportation, government ownership of factories and agriculture, government control of labor, corporate farms and regional planning, and government control of education. Communism means the government controls everything. Totalitarianism.
A few hours after our noon assembly, Thursday, to top off the day’s events on the National Day of Prayer, the Pentagon backtracked on its earlier convictions and outlawed “religious proselytization” in the military. The action reflected on the Marxist sitting in the Oval Office. The Pentagon (or President) could have waited and done it another day. That the powers that be chose the National Day of Prayer to make the announcement looks as if someone wanted to thumb his nose in God’s face.
Someone asked, Why is it that if …
—you object to obscene literature and want it removed from the shelves
—you object to filth, immorality, and decadence in movies and DVDs
—you believe Communists should be jailed or run out of this country
—you think government is killing incentive by not requiring work
—you believe in God and in prayer in public schools
—you know abortion is the murder of innocents and should be outlawed
—you believe this country should be run by Congress not the Supreme Court
… why is it that if you believe these things, you are considered a radical or a kook? ~Ormund Powers
It’s time Christians come out of the closet, stop trying to dance with the devil, stop trying to accommodate the larger, alien culture, and stop trying to make themselves look good in the eyes of people they don’t even like. It’s time for radical, in-your-face Christianity. Because the way we’ve been playing around and staying in our place, the devil is winning, the world is going to hell in a handbasket, and we’re going underground so we won’t offend anybody or trembling in the shadows wondering what’s going to happen next. God help us! Our meekness is sickness! What we need is a dose of holy boldness. How can we win if we won’t even fight?
“If we can effectively kill the national pride and patriotism of just one generation, we will have won that country. Therefore, there must be continued propaganda abroad to undermine the loyalty of the citizens in general and the teenagers in particular.”
Copyright © 2013 Alexandra Lee
* The National Day of Prayer is an event that for twenty-two years has been chaired by Shirley Dobson, wife of James Dobson, the founder of Focus on the Family. Before the nation achieved its independence, the First Continental Congress called for a National Day of Prayer (1775). During the Civil War Abraham Lincoln called for a National Day of Prayer (1863). The US Congress, by joint resolution, established the National Day of Prayer; Harry S Truman signed it into law (1952). The US Congress amended the law, designating the National Day of Prayer as the first Thursday in May; Ronald Reagan signed it into law (1988). It is technically the law of the land. It has yet to make its mark.