In today’s media-saturated America, everyone has an opinion. From Bill O’Reilly to Chris Matthews, Rush Limbaugh to Rachel Maddow – there is no shortage of viewpoints. But how many of those perspectives bring you back to a place of passionate, persistent prayer for the nation?
“Viewpoint” allows the expression on the political, social and moral issues of the day. At times, you may not agree. But in the end, you will be energized to pray for America, with the prism of Scripture and a decidedly Godly direction as your guide. Plus, you can blog your comments to every article, have your say.
Read – then pray with an enlightened, more informed viewpoint for your nation and its leaders.
A Pulpit in the White House
Leaders who publicly honor God
By Holly L. Meade
America’s leaders who have professed and upheld Christian principles have helped to preserve religious freedom for more than 200 years. The first U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice, John Jay said, “Providence has given to our people the choice of their rulers, and it is the duty, as well as the privilege and interest of our Christian nation to select and prefer Christians for their rulers.”
In fact, most of America’s presidents have publicly expressed a faith in God. A member of the Episcopal Church, President George Washington said, “It is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and the Bible.” Washington also continually thanked God for victorious battles and for this great nation.
John Adams, America’s second president and co-drafter of the Declaration of Independence said, “Our Constitution was made for a moral and religious people, it is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” Adams never hid his Christian faith and was the first president to ask a blessing on the White House – not only for himself, but for all who followed him.
During his presidency, Thomas Jefferson created a little book called Philosophy of Jesus that he used as a primer to teach Native Americans about God. Jefferson believed that Christian missionaries to the tribes were so important that he provided them at the government’s expense.
Abraham Lincoln became a Christian later in life and said, “When I left Springfield I asked the people to pray for me. I was not a Christian. When I buried my son, the severest trial of my life, I was not a Christian. But when I went to Gettysburg and saw the graves of thousands of our soldiers, I then and there consecrated myself to Christ. Yes, I do love Jesus.”
Dwight D. Eisenhower added the phrase “under God” to the Pledge of Allegiance in 1954. Eisenhower also adopted “In God We Trust” as the USA Motto, wrote a prayer for his first inauguration and always started his Cabinet meetings with a silent prayer.
President Ronald Reagan, a member of the Presbyterian Church, often publicly referred to the Lord. Reagan said, “I believe with all my heart that standing up for America means standing up for the God who has so blessed our land. We need God’s help to guide our nation through stormy seas. But we can’t expect Him to protect America in a crisis if we just leave Him over on the shelf in our day-to-day living.”
Both George H. W. and George W. Bush regularly prayed in all areas of their lives, including their time in the White House. The elder Bush once said, “I do not mistrust the future; I do not fear what is ahead. For our problems are large, but our heart is larger. Our challenges are great, but our will is greater. And if our flaws are endless, God’s love is truly boundless.”
The role of the president, as in any government position, is no less of a calling than serving God as a pastor, a missionary or a businessperson. Those who are called to government have also been divinely equipped to fulfill the task of bringing in the Kingdom of God as they freely honor Him privately and publicly.
Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia recently said the U.S. Constitution doesn't prohibit presidents from honoring God or the government from placing religion above secularism. Scalia, who was appointed by President Reagan, also said that there is “nothing wrong” with U.S. presidents thanking God and talking about Him in speeches.
“I think one of the reasons God has been good to us is that we have done Him honor. Unlike the other countries of the world that do not even invoke His name, we do Him honor. In presidential addresses, in Thanksgiving proclamations and in many other ways,” Scalia said.
Government leaders who serve God’s Kingdom will be brought into office, not by political influence, but through prayer. Christians must intercede and ask God to elect those leaders who follow Him. And just as those leaders are called to uphold godly principles and publicly honor Him, Christians are called to support them through prayer.
- Courage as Christian government leaders publicly share the Gospel.
- Christians to overwhelmingly support godly candidates in the upcoming local and national elections.
- Government leaders to be surrounded by Christ followers who show them the love and the truth of Jesus.
Holly L. Meade has a Masters Degree and 20 years experience teaching Journalism, Mass Communications and developing content for the media, including radio and television.
The following expressions and comments are from our members and do not necessarily represent or reflect the biblical, world views or opinions of the Presidential Prayer Team
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