Controversy surrounds the National Day of Prayer, May 6.
A U.S. District Court judge in Wisconsin has ruled that the observance violates the First Amendment. Obviously, humanists, atheists and agnostic groups have a louder voice than Christian groups.
Who cares what the judges rule unconstitutional? A person cannot be stopped from praying.
If officials in the White House decide not to hold an official prayer service, we can hold them in our houses. I am more concerned with biblical correctness than I am with political correctness.
Honestly, such types of national observances are nice, but profit little. Too much emphasis is placed on presidential approval, representation of senators and congressmen and, on the local level, the prayer movement tries to recruit a variety of interfaith religious and civic leaders to attend rallies that turn out to be “Kumbayah” gatherings where participants fall over themselves and try not to offend others.
Generic prayers are offered to generic gods and then we go our way, thinking we have accomplished some great thing.
Lewiston’s mayor has made comments in the past, such as we all pray “to our same God,” in reference to Muslims living among Christians. However, the mayor is no theologian. Allah is not said to have an “only begotten son” by the name of Jesus. Therefore, “Our father, who art in Heaven,” is not Allah to the Christians.
It is OK to be Christian, pray in the name of Jesus and observe the National Day of Prayer.
The Rev. Douglas Taylor, Lewiston