Recently our country celebrated “Independence Day” a tradition dating back to 18th century and the American Revolution (1775-83).
In June 1776, representatives of the 13 colonies then ﬁghting in the revolutionary struggle weighed a resolution that would declare their independence from Great Britain. On July 2nd, the Continental Congress voted in favor of independence, and two days later its delegates adopted the Declaration of Independence, a historic document drafted by Thomas Jefferson.
I was taught this as a young child in elementary school, but what I wasn’t taught was the majority of our founding Fathers were of the Christian faith. They were called the “black robe regiment” a name that the British placed on the courageous and patriotic American clergy during our Founding Era (a backhanded reference to the black robes they wore). It is a strange concept to today’s generation to think that the rights listed in the Declaration of Independence were nothing more than a listing of sermon topics that had been preached from the pulpit in the two decades leading up to America’s Independency. Yes, our great nation was founded by Pastors and on the word of God.
My heart is saddened by the fact this country has gotten so far away from its founding roots. It seems today’s politician’s make decision based on fear of what “man” thinks not on what the word of God says. No wonder this country is in crisis today, but what is the answer?
A few weeks ago God directed me to attend a church service of one of Disciples 4 Christ partnering churches. I’ve always loved visiting The Father’s House and hearing Pastor Tom preach, the Holy Spirit ﬂows so freely there. This Sunday was a little different. Pastor Tom had dedicated the service to the “Call 2 Fall” campaign. Call2Fall is an encouragement to follow God’s “call to fall” in 2 Chronicles 7:14:
“If my people, who are called by my name, will 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.”
As I listened to Pastor Tom message, my brothers and sister in white came to my heart. I know prisons are ﬁlled with prayer warriors. Who better to stand in the gap for our country then my brothers and sisters in white?
It was during my own incarceration that I come to know the importance of prayer. It brings to mind the idea of “PUSH” Pray Until Something Happens. Our unit Chaplain rallied the troops and we prayed weekly for our nation leaders. Now I am challenging you to do the same.