Let Us Pray!

 

 

 

 

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When I started elementary school in 1960, we started each morning with the Pledge of Allegiance, a scripture reading and prayer! This worked well for more than a hundred years – what happened?

Taking prayer out of school was already a plan and when Madalyn Murray O’Hair came on the scene, it was only a short time until the US Supreme Court ruled to ban organized prayer in public schools. This 1963 decision was just one of the steps toward complete destruction of America’s original Judeo-Christian educational system. This value-free environment has resulted in chaos.

The Supreme Court replaced “freedom of religion”, guaranteed by the Constitution, for “freedom from religion”. To ban school prayer diminishes the religious freedom of students who would like to pray and forces them to act according to the dictates of a non-religious minority.

What’s the big deal?

If you look at statistics, things have deteriorated since prayer was removed from school. The public school system is tragically disintegrating as evidenced by the rise in school shootings, increasing drug use, alcoholism, teen pregnancy, and HIV transmission.

America was founded on Christian principles. The Puritans fled England because of religious persecution and settled in the New World where they would be free to worship as they chose.  They placed God and the church at the center of their lives.  Life was hard. Many died and those who remained carved a niche in the New World and started the foundation for America.

In the decades to follow, people rallied together, and built the nation we now know as the United States. It was not easy, and wars were fought to gain and to keep our independence.  Fighting for our freedom cost countless lives.

Our Declaration of Independence states: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

People worked hard – raised children – worshipped God. This continued for more than a hundred years through good times and bad, through wars, disasters, financial problems, heartaches.

President Eisenhower encouraged Congress to add the words “Under God” to the Pledge of Allegiance in response to the Communist threat of the times.  This was added on Flag Day, 1954.

Let’s look at today. The PC policy has been in full force trying to drive prayer and God out of every aspect of our life. It’s okay for Muslims to have their Koran and prayer rugs, but not for Christians to have their Bible and prayer. I’ve even seen “Satan clubs” advertised at schools. Rev. Franklin Graham hasn’t been welcome in the White House for the last 8 years. What have we become?

Those of us who are Christians know the power of prayer. We also know that our country needs healing. We need to bring prayer back not only to the schools, but to the lives of our children and adults throughout our country. If we ever needed prayer, it’s now. Look at what’s happening in the world today. There is terrorism, crime, unemployment, homelessness, illness.

What can we do?

We can make sure to vote for the Presidential candidate that will help restore pray in our country and in our schools. Donald Trump agrees that we are a “Judeo-Christian” nation, unlike his opponent.

Ironically, William Murray, Jr., the son of Madalyn Murray O’Hair, is now attempting to have the 1963 decision overturned. We can align ourselves with his efforts and make it happen.

Ben Carson said: “People of faith can make the difference…If anybody is going to define the culture that we live in and the direction of the nation, it is us.”

Twenty-five million registered Christians did not vote in 2012.  If that reoccurs this November, the result will be that we have a country in dire straits, in a condition worse than has ever been seen before.  We need to make sure that does NOT happen!

II Chronicles 7:14: If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”

I hope you enjoyed reading this article.
Be sure to check out another of my articles: 911 – The Day that Rocked America

 

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About Gail Pinder

I was born in New Jersey and raised in a small town in Pennsylvania. I have lived in many places – Texas, Arkansas, Delaware and finally Michigan. Several years ago, I met a wonderful man – a Vietnam Navy vet who shares my love of God and Country! We have been happily married for more than 15 years. I have two children of my own and Emery has two children. We have four wonderful grandchildren. Emery and I both have Multiple Sclerosis. He is now in a powerchair and I am his caregiver. Life is somewhat challenging, but we do the best we can. We tell everyone that “We have MS, but it doesn’t have us!” I have always loved to write and my dream was to becoming a “writer”. PICC gave me a window to my dream and an opportunity to share my thoughts with others. Our faith is strong and I don’t know where we would be without it. We are determined to spread a little sunshine in a darkened world. I've been married to my wonderful husband for 14 years. I have two children of my own and Emery has two children. We have four grandchildren. My husband and I both have MS and I am his caregiver. We tell everyone that "we have MS but it doesn't have us!"