A Proclamation To The President Of The United States
Dear Mr. President,
I wholly applaud your completely political decision to finally issue a proclamation declaring that May 6 will be a National Day of Prayer for America. I am sure that you and your advisors came to the conclusion that it’s better to throw the religious dogs a bone 6 months before election day than to stand by in November and watch as 18 Democratic Senators are replaced with conservative, Republican counterparts. I won’t even mention the 20 Democratic Gubernatorial seats that are also up for re-election this year. Or the fact that all of the members of the House of Representatives are up for re-election this year.
I won’t mention these things so that you can feel good about yourself and the integrity you showed to the world by standing firm in your original belief that America does not need or want a National Day of Prayer.
As a proud American citizen, I can appreciate that your convictions are different from mine. I can even respect your convictions and the belief system that brought you to make the decision that you made.
But Mr. President, like a fish out of water, you are flipping and flopping all over this issue. If it is your belief that issuing this proclamation will weaken our country or disrupt the tenuous unity that we have, then have the integrity to stand firm in your belief and guide this country based on what you believe is best for it. This is your duty for as long as you serve the people of this country as our Chief Executive Officer.
I may not agree with your decisions and I may not like them at all, but as a citizen of the United States, I will respect the Office of the President and accept them, seeking to change them in the way prescribed by our founding fathers: through intelligent debate and thoughtful, respectful conversation.
But as a Christian who has deep roots planted in my faith in Jesus Christ, I feel there is something I must say about your sudden and questionable proclamation.
I don’t need it and frankly, I don’t even want it.
You see, Mr. President, your proclamation is indeed powerless. I will exercise my God-given right to pray at any time, including on May 6, and it may shock you to learn that your proclamation does not empower me to pray, nor could any proclamation or law ever prevent me from praying.
Therefore, I proclaim that…
I will pray in my home, with or without your proclamation.
I will pray in my church, with or without your proclamation.
I will pray in my neighborhood, with or without your proclamation.
I will pray in the courtrooms, with or without your proclamation.
I will pray in US Capitol, with or without your proclamation.
I will pray in your White House (should I ever be invited), with or without your proclamation.
I will pray anywhere I choose, with or without your proclamation.
And I will always pray to Jesus Christ; and in His name only shall I pray, for He alone is Almighty God, the Creator of all things!
If a day should come where a proclamation is passed that forbids prayer, I declare here and now that I shall ignore it and I will lift my hands towards the heavens and pray in the Mighty name of Jesus, no matter the consequence.
If a day shall come where my Bible is considered a “book of hate” and is to be taken away, I declare here and now that you shall never be able to take from me the Word that I have hidden in my heart, no matter the consequence.
And if a day shall come where my life is threatened unless I deny the name of Jesus, I declare here and now that I will gladly forfeit my life for the sake of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, because all that I have and all that I am belongs to Him and Him alone.
This is my proclamation to you, President Obama.