Rick Perry the current and longest-serving governor of Texas issued a call for repentance in prayer and fasting for our nation. He says, “Some problems are beyond our power to solve, and according to the Book of Joel, Chapter 2, this historic hour demands a historic response. Therefore, on August 6, thousands will gather to pray for a historic breakthrough for our country and a renewed sense of moral purpose.” (The Response: A Call to Prayer for a Nation in Crisis)
Obviously Gov. Perry’s call for prayer was not met with much agreement from the rest of the country. The Secular Coalition for America issued a statement urging the other leaders of the nation to reject and condemn Perry’s invitation as an “explicitly Christian platform for theocratic grandstanding that does nothing to offer substantive solutions to our country’s problems. By its own description, this event privileges Christianity over other religions and beliefs.”
The prayer summit is co-hosted by the American Family Association, which was labeled a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center on their 18 Anti-Gay Groups and Their Propaganda list because of its stance against gay marriage. Of course all of the groups listed are Christian, even though several other groups are against the idea including The Islamic Society of America, but that’s a topic for a different post.
The reaction of these groups to Perry’s call really just cements why such a call is needed. As a nation we have turned from God. We have rejected Jesus Christ. So, today as we celebrate the foundation of our nation, may we do it in a spirit of repentance and prayer. God save America!
P.S. It’s things like this that make me love living in Texas.