Posts Tagged ‘National Day of Prayer’

Art by the great Kerry Waghorn

Art by the great Kerry Waghorn

Dr. James Dobson.

He’s 72, has almost 1000 employees, more than two million listeners on a daily basis and single-handedly done more the evangelical movement than any other person alive. And now, he’s calling it a day, according to the Denver Post.

Evangelical Christian icon James Dobson has resigned as chairman of the international media ministry Focus on the Family, yet the voice of this key architect of the religious right will still be heard in American homes and political theater, he told followers Friday.

From abortion to pornography, gay marriage to children’s rights, Dobson has said and done a lot as America’s advocate. But his influence is waning and his identity has been flailing.

In short, all those who were caught up in the net of his sacred fishing expeditions and building of the National Day of Prayer’s foundation are now in their 50s and really don’t have the commitment to further Dobson’s ministry.

His passion still exists. His purpose is still necessary. But his target demo – young parents – have become still more accepting of the “Adam & Steve” theory. At least so says his critics kicking dirt on his still open grave:

“For more than 20 years James Dobson has used his expansive, well-funded media platform to promote defamatory and false information about the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people,” said Neil G. Giuliano, president of the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation.

Yeah, well. Despite his shallow threats and support for losing candidates, what Dobson has done for the entire Body of Christ will never be duplicated. His mettle, prestige and certitude will be unmatched in ecumenical circles.

He may be retiring, but his voice will still be heard and his legacy will live on. Say what you will, folks. But at least start with saying, “Thank you.”

You know, who cares about prayer in school and all the hubbub Christians muster annually during the National Day of Prayer. With the 111th Congress about to take their collective seat on Capitol Hill – and this revealing story from the Pew Forum – to litigate and lay prostrate before the Lord. Yeah, you heard me right.

Not converging near DuPont Circle in DC anytime soon

Not converging near DuPont Circle in DC anytime soon

Typically, the words “Congress” and “Righteous” aren’t used in the same sentence unless it’s something like Congress is bashing the righteous, but that’s not the case according the church membership cards in the wallets of some of these upstanding folk.

The [Pew Forum] study finds that there is at least one major difference between Congress and the nation as a whole: Members of Congress are much more likely than the public overall to say they are affiliated with a particular religion... Collectively, Protestants account for more than half (54.7%) of the 111th Congress, about the same proportion as their share of the U.S. adult population (51.3%).

Other fun facts?

  • Catholics make up 1/4 of Congress and is 2X larger than the next religious gaggle
  • That would be Baptists, who are 12.4% of Congress, and still avoid eye contact with all those Catholic officials at the local D.C. liquor store. (HA!)
  • Jews make up 8.4% of Congress, guaranteeing from some swank P.C. holiday decor
  • Mormons (sans Mitt Romney) make up 2.6% of Congress. It used to be 4.5%, but some of those voted for Prop 8 and were executed out back with a firing squad

Lots of great stats, facts and figures in this story. Check it out and see how your church affiliation resides. If your official doesn’t vote the way you like, at least you will have this to hang over his or her head, right? Yet, the battle of church and state rages on, which shows these guys are all in it for the money.

Oh yeah, and the incoming president can probably claim half of these. Good times!

Meet Rev. George Docherty.

pledge-of-allegianceEver heard of him? Yeah, me neither. At least I had no recollection of him until I read about his demise in this obituary from UPI.

Evidently, prayer warriors and flag-waving Americans alike, we should all hold a warm spot for this 97-year old pastor because had it not been for his moral turpitude, our Pledge of Allegiance would be remarkably different. You see, his epithet will read something to the affect of “George Docherty: Under God.”

As pastor of the New York Avenue Presbyterian Church in Washington, which had been President Abraham Lincoln‘s church, Docherty presided over the traditional Lincoln Sunday service attended by presidents on the Sunday closest to Lincoln’s Birthday. In 1954, he urged adding “under God” to the pledge with President Dwight Eisenhower in the congregation. “To omit the words ‘under God’ in the Pledge of Allegiance is to omit the definitive factor in the American way of life,” Docherty said.

True. And to this day, his bold claim has been under attack, threatened to be eradicated and insulted by pukes and pundits alike. Yet, there it is:

…One Nation under God…

You know, as a body of believers, we may not win every battle and HiScrivener Theorem #1 may be in full effect […that bigotry against Christians is the only accepted and welcomed prejudice left in this country to march against…] but when I hear those four words spoken in unison, it does my heart proud and my bevy of smug comments reserved for the ACLU even prouder.

God speed, Pastor Docherty. And thank you.

This nation can provide religious freedoms to Hindus, Buddhists, Muslims and Satanists, but the very moment Christians get a leg up on the competition… all hell breaks loose and people get sue crazy! Case in point: the following story…

Now, the ire of atheists are zeroed in (wait for it) the President of the United States and the subject of the law suit is on (yeah, again) the National Day of Prayer.

The nitwits in question – the Freedom of Religion Foundation  – filed suit recently claiming the president’s call to Americans to pray “violates the constitutional ban on government officials promoting religion.

The lawsuit says the Day of Prayer creates a “hostile environment for non-believers who are made to feel as if they are political outsiders.”

Aw, well, b-o-o h-o-o. Let me get you a tissue. The hatred of the ACLU, ultra mind-warping liberals and… oh yeah… HOLLYWOOD has its own mission to make Christians feel like the bastard children at a family reunion, but you don’t hear us screaming and wailing for mommy, do you? Of course not, because we are used to taking our lumps. Why can’t you?

Besides, since when does prayer constituted religion? I thought it just promoted faith.

All of the aforementioned religions use prayer to communicate with their God, so why not sue them? Go after the Buddhists for their mala beads. Swipe the prayer rug right out from under those pesky Muslims. Codify the mantra from those cow-lovin’ Hindus. And as for those Satanists and their prayers? Well, I’m sure there is a coven up to something illegal you can muster up on a legal writ pad.

Until then, I’ll be using my national day of prayer believing your law suit ends up with as much mud on its face as some of those trophy wives in their high-tone spas.

PC XmasThe Apostle Paul (a real one, note to FKCP) once wrote to the Church of Corinth, “I have become all things to all people.

Now, although I’m sure that’s what this HONORARY CHAIRMAN OF THE NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER was thinking in this recent story, he should have kept in mind the rest of that all-encompassing scripture:

…I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings.

Hey, Zack. You get that? FOR THE GOSPEL. The National Day of Prayer was instituted by Christians and blessed by Congress. Now sure, if you are Buddhist, Jewish, Muslim, Zoroastrian or even a Scientologist, you can pray that day as well. More power to you. But if you are in charge of the NDP, keep in mind why this day has an impetus anyway. Since 1775, this day has been to focus on God, and uh… that Jesus guy.

But, in these – the ‘oughts’ – it’s not fashionable or modish to stand out in a crowd for Christ. So, we have to lay an egg and throw out some milquetoast prayer that is universal? Do you think a rabbi, an imam or an elder would have done that for a meditating church group nearby?! NO! So why should Christians be the kowtowing type on a day designated for prayer?!

Maybe it’s just me but when I talk to someone on the phone, I – at least – want to know that person knows my name. IJS.