Thursday, April 15, 2010

National Day of Prayer

Is it really that big of deal that the White House canceled the ecumenical ceremony usually held at the White House? It seems that most people think the entire day has been canceled, but it hasn't. Only the ecumenical ceremony has. Why does this bother people?


Anonymous said...

Yes, it is a big deal because...exactly as you state...many people believe that the "Day of Prayer" has been totally canceled. Also, it is a sign of the times re: a movement away from God. This Day has always (for about 60 years?) been acknowledged by the White House. They pray to their Muslim Gods not the God of the Founders of this country.

Scott Savage said...

Hi Anonymous,

First off, I do wish you would reveal yourself. It makes conversation much more fruitful and enjoyable. Plus, I'm not one to bite, even if I disagree.

I'm not quite sure where to begin with those like yourself who read history in such a way, first of all, so you can claim that there "has been a movement away from God" over the last 60 years. I would love to see this spelled out a little. This would mean that something drastic happened around the 1950s unlike anything America as ever seen, that somehow before 1950 America was truly holy as a nation, or as you might say, as the people of God.

My first reaction against this is World War I and II. As far as being the people of God, such violence is indication that this nation has a ways to go before resembling the peace and justice of the God of Israel and the church, the God who revealed Himself in Jesus.

I, of course, do not read history the same as you.

My second reaction as to do with the notion of the "God of the Founders of this country" as you put it. This is equally debated on both sides and I'm not sure I can rehash the whole argument at this time. I might suggest Greg Boyd's book called "The Myth of a Christian Nation." I've read parts and heard him talk about it in other places and I like where he is going with it.

My third reaction is that I'm not quite sure why you singled out Muslims, especially when historically Christians and Muslims share the same beginning in Abraham. Of course we both tell the story differently, and I'm not suggesting that being Muslim (or of the house of Edom) means that they somehow share the same task and Israel and the church. Anyways ... that's a huge tangent that I'm going to cut short.

So, any thoughts in return? And again, I'd love to know whom I am speaking with.