“Making Jefferson Proud” – reblog Daniel John Sobieski | American Thinker

Church, State, and Melania Trump

By Daniel John Sobieski, http://www.americanthinker.com
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February 22nd, 2017

Those who have made a career of trying to drive all vestiges of religion from the public square, from manger scenes at Christmas to mentioning God in the Pledge of Allegiance, were not happy when First Lady Melania Trump recited the Lord’s Prayer at her husband’s rally in Florida. The tolerant left mocked the accent of a woman and an immigrant who speaks five languages. They moaned that it was an affront to those who are not Christian. And they brought out that old canard about the separation of church and state.

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We have not seen such outrage since former Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow took a knee in thanksgiving on the football field, scorned by a liberal elite that applauds the ungrateful Colin Kaepernick refusing to stand during the national anthem. Neither Tim Tebow or Melania Trump by their actions are violating the First Amendment, which guarantees freedom of religion, not freedom from it. As Investor’s Business Daily editorialized those opposed to the free expression of religion and free speech get the establishment clause and church and state thing all wrong:

Even before George Washington is said to have taken a knee in prayer at Valley Forge, men and women of faith and courage endowed by their Creator with inalienable rights have guided this nation to greatness.

Some 45 million people watched Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow complete that 80-yard touchdown pass play to Demaryius Thomas on the first play from scrimmage in overtime to lead his team over the Pittsburgh Steelers in Sunday’s wild card playoff game.

They also saw him take a knee and give thanks to the God he believes in, an act that’s been dubbed “Tebow-ing.”….

The phrase “separation of church and state” in fact appears nowhere in the Constitution but in a letter Thomas Jefferson wrote in 1802 to a group of Danbury Baptists assuring them that the First Amendment prohibited Congress from establishing a national church, such as the Church of England.

Of course, Jefferson also said in a letter written to his friend Dr. Benjamin Rush dated Sept. 23, 1800, the words that are carved into the Jefferson Memorial:

“I have sworn upon the altar of god, eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.”

Imposing political correctness upon Tim Tebow or Melania Trump is just that kind of tyranny. Liberals ignore the history of this nation in which Thomas Jefferson also wrote in the Declaration of Independence that our unalienable rights come from our Creator, not government or liberal busybodies. He feared what the British Crown tried to do, impose a state church on all the American people. The fact is that in Jefferson’s time, the state and the church were in fact inextricably linked.

The Founding Fathers did fear the possible establishment of a national church like the Church of England and to prevent it they wrote the First Amendment to say that “Congress” shall make no laws regarding the establishment of religion, meaning any particular religion. But it says nothing about the states and also says that Congress shall make no laws restricting the free exercise thereof.

Anyone who wants to know what the Founding Fathers intended with their words should analyze their actions. As Yale professor Jon Butler writes:

…the 1780 Massachusetts constitution authorized ‘towns, parishes, precincts and other bodies politic to levy taxes ‘for the institution of public worship of God, and for the support and maintenance of public Protestant teachers of piety, religion and morality.’…

Connecticut and New Hampshire had similar laws. Virginia, on the other hand, moved rapidly after the Revolutionary War to disestablish the Anglican church and separate the state from formal religious institutions. Curiously, no framer of the Constitution ever declared that Massachusetts, with its state-supported religious education, or Virginia, with its official secularism, were guilty of violating the 1st Amendment or any other fundamental constitutional principle.

The Constitution mandates government’s neutrality to religion, but its alleged desire to avoid any endorsement of religion has mutated into an unmistakable hostility. Perhaps the most egregious example occurred in April, 1995, when the Murrah Federal Building was bombed and attorneys for the Clinton administration were ready to deny churches the same disaster assistance that every other building with collateral damage received because of the alleged separation of church and state. It took special congressional action to prevent this absurdity. I don’t think this is what Thomas Jefferson had in mind.

We have drifted a long way from the Founding Fathers’ clear intent about the relationship between the free exercise of religion and government. People are no longer free to apply their religious beliefs to their businesses, as the vendetta against Hobby Lobby demonstrates. The Obama administration went to court to force the Little Sister of the Poor to provide contraceptive coverage to their workers. Bakers were forced to bake cakes for gay weddings in violation of their religious beliefs.

As the late Francis Cardinal George of Chicago, former head of the U.S. Council of Catholic Bishops, once observed, President Obama’s idea of religious liberty, an idea shared by many liberals, differs little from Josef Stalin’s:

Freedom of worship was guaranteed in the Constitution of the former Soviet Union,” Chicago’s Francis Cardinal George recently wrote.

“You could go to church, if you could find one. The church, however, could do nothing except conduct religious rites in places of worship — no schools, religious publications, health care institutions, organized charity, ministry for justice and works of mercy that flow naturally from a living faith. We fought a long Cold War to defeat that vision of society.”

Indeed we did. Our country was founded by those seeking freedom of religion and the free speech and free exercise that comes with it. When Melania Trump recited the Lord’s Prayer at a public event in the public square, she was making Thomas Jefferson proud.

19 Days of Prayer for America – reliability

+ In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

“But what do you think about this? A man with two sons told the older boy, ‘Son, go out and work in the vineyard today.’ The son answered, ‘No, I won’t go,’ but later he changed his mind and went anyway. Then the father told the other son, ‘You go,’ and he said, ‘Yes, sir, I will.’ But he didn’t go.

“Which of the two obeyed his father?”

They replied, “The first.”

Then Jesus explained his meaning: “I tell you the truth, corrupt tax collectors and prostitutes will get into the Kingdom of God before you do.

– Matthew 21:28-31 (NLT)
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Prayer: Reliability

Lord God: If ever there was a doubt before, it has certainly been made clear now – You alone are America’s last hope. You alone are reliable – the Promise-keeping God who is faithful to Your word.

+ Forgive the gullibility of Your people in America who have been tricked and manipulated into supporting politicians and policies that promise everything and deliver nothing.

In Jesus’ name, I say “Wake up America!”

+ Thank You, Lord, for revealing the lies, the deceit, and the hypocrisy that is endemic to our American government today – in every branch, from top to bottom.

+ Thank You, Lord, for revealing the manipulation of public perceptions by crooked politicians in bed with crooked media.

+ Thank You, Lord, for unmasking the evil presence of George Soros acting as a puppet master behind the scenes.

In Jesus’ name, I rebuke You, George Soros and your evil minions.

Lord God: In this presidential election, we have two choices – one who is quick to promise and never delivers; the other, who is late to the party, is listening and learning and promising to deliver.

+ Holy Spirit, enable Your people to discern which candidate will be the most reliable to actually deliver on his/her promises.

+ Holy Spirit, enable Your people to distinguish as to which candidate has the best track record for honesty and achievement.

Lord God: Historic American allies and friends have been trashed and our enemies have been rewarded by our current administration. Specifically, I pray for our relationship with Israel.

+ Lord Jesus, You have a special affinity for Israel – the land of Your incarnation, the land promised to the patriarchs, the land of Your promised return.

+ Lord Jesus, I ask that the next president of the United States will solidify America’s special relationship with Israel, and recognize Jerusalem as its capital.

Lord God: You alone are America’s last hope. You alone are reliable – the Promise-keeping God who is faithful to Your word. Come and rescue us from the lies and deceit of the evil one, and use this election to Your honor and glory.

+ In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit – one God forever. Amen.

20 Days of Prayer for America – free and brave

+ In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

“This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

– Joshua 1:9 (NLT)
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Free me to follow You, and I will obey Your truth. Always keep me faithful.

+ Lord of our [American] yesterdays and hope of bright tomorrows, empower Your people once again.
+ Lift us from futile passivity or a clinging to rocks of ages past.
+ Strike joyous freedom, brave and bold to face this day.
+ We leave our outgrown shells beneath the tide of half-forgotten dreams and monuments to pride of other years.
+ The living Christ calls, ‘Follow Me!’ and asks, ‘Do you really love Me more than these?’

Saint Piran (sixth century)
A Call to New Beginnings

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Prayer: Free and Brave

Lord Jesus: In the upcoming presidential election, we are being asked to leave behind the certain corruption of the past for the uncertain promise of a better future. Give us the courage to move forward in faith towards a better future.

+ Deliver us from the evil of past administrations.
+ Call us, once again, to love You and follow You before all else.
+ Give us the boldness to walk with You into a new season of freedom.
+ And, raise up a brave citizenry – confident of Your presence with us.

+ In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit – one God forever. Amen.

21 Days of Prayer for America – stand up and vote

+ In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

The wise are mightier than the strong, and those with knowledge grow stronger and stronger. So don’t go to war without wise guidance; victory depends on having many advisers.

– Proverbs 24:5-6 (NLT)
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“If we do not stand up and exercise our freedom to protect our freedom, I see a spiritual dark age descending upon us…. This is not a time to stand on the sidelines.”

— Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council.

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Prayer: Stand up and Vote

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Gracious God: Thank You for giving Your people in America the right to vote in the upcoming presidential election. I ask You for a massive voter turnout in support of religious freedom and traditional family life, and in opposition to the institutional corruption embedded in the government of our country.

+ Forgive Your people for sitting on the sidelines in previous elections. Sadly, we are complicit in creating our current dismal state of affairs through our inaction.

+ Forgive Your people for allowing the candidates’ personalities to obfuscate policy realities, sound judgement and common sense.

+ Forgive Your people for considering voting for a third-party candidate in a two-party system, when the reality is that only Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton will be elected.

+ Surround Donald Trump with wise counselors who will help him understand the issues that are important to You and Your people. Make him receptive to their counsel.

+ Expose Hillary Clinton’s counselors for who and what they are, and the chilling effect they will have on the free practice of religion in America.

Merciful God: You alone can turn America around, but this election will have a major impact on whether or not the country can regain its moral standing. Move Your people out of their homes and into their voting booths on November 8th. Give Your people another chance to Make America Good Again.

+ In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit – one God forever. Amen.

22 Days of Prayer for America – citizens of heaven | residents of earth

We are citizens of heaven, where the Lord Jesus Christ lives. And we are eagerly waiting for him to return as our Savior. He will take our weak mortal bodies and change them into glorious bodies like his own, using the same power with which he will bring everything under his control. – Philippians 3:20-21 (NLT)
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In a fragmenting world—with America facing its crucial presidential election and Britain in flux after its recent referendum decision to quit Europe—there is a single heavenly citizenship that alone can reassure us.

Richard Bewes is a preacher, broadcaster and hymn writer. He serves on the board of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association in the United Kingdom and is the former rector of All Souls Church, Langham Place, London.

Prayer: citizens of heaven | residents of earth

flags-american-christian-pinHeavenly Father: As believing Americans we hold dual citizenship – in heaven and on earth. One is eternal; the other is temporary.

As we face the upcoming presidential election in America, give us Your heavenly, eternal wisdom that we may honor You on earth as in heaven.

+ Like Abraham, we look forward to the city whose architect and builder is God; a city filled with people from all tribes and nations.

  • Keep before us the vision of the heavenly city – that it might breathe new life into our decaying American cities.

+ Come Lord Jesus Christ, we await Your return as Savior; bodily, visibly and universally—to usher in the eternal kingdom. And as we wait, send us Your Spirit.

  • You alone can rescue America, You alone can save America, You alone can raise American cities up from the grave. Our hope is in You alone – work in us and through us.

+ Transform Your people in America into consistent, living witnesses who show others how to live as citizens of heaven in our dying world.

  • Unite Your people in every American city at the foot of the Cross – one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of us all.

Heavenly Father: You hold the future of America in Your hands. Raise up every faithful American citizen to vote in the upcoming presidential election for the candidate who will best preserve the freedom of the City from above – that Your power and glory may be displayed for the entire world to see.

+ In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit – one God forever. Amen.