“Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” President John Adams
The moral and religious people of Flagler County Florida have new champions for public prayer. The Bunnell City Commission members have put in place policies that call for prayer at the start of every commission meeting. In addition, they are considering May 5 as a yearly Day of Prayer. As a result, they are coming under fire by groups that have atheistic agendas. From City official to NFL players, anytime time a person reminds society that there is a God, they become a target of Atheistic Americans.
The people of Bunnell need to cheer for men like City Commissioner John Rogers and City Manager Armando Martinez who, among many others, envisioned and organized Bunnell’s Day of Prayer last May. Women like Mayor Catherine Robinson and City Commissioner Daisy Henry who courageously started the November 28 City Council Meeting in prayer for the first time in decades. Americans need to say a prayer of thanks for men like Tim Tebow, the NFL quarterback whose simple silent victory prayers have inspired people nation wide. These men and women are publicly reminding America that there is a God and that He is active in the lives of men and women across this nation.
Before the Bunnell City Comissioners opened in prayer, Commissioner Elbert Tucker stood and gave everyone in attendance an opportunity to step out while the commissioners opened in prayer. No one responded. How sad that a simple prayer requires a warning label.
To the chagrin of Atheistic Americans, many of America’s historical documents and speeches have God at their center. Abraham Lincoln’s Proclamation of a Day of Fasting and the Gettysburg Address, place faith along side government and suggests that a nation governed by the people requires a people who fear God. By working to remove God from society, Atheistic Americans are undermining their own freedom.
From George Washington to Franklin Roosevelt, America has turned to its faith in God to sustain them in times of trouble. In The Gettysburg Address, Abraham Lincoln pointed out that this nation was “under God”. By including this term, the Address becomes a prayer for a new birth of freedom and the longevity of a nation governed by the people. Mr. Lincoln clearly believed that our fate as a nation depended on God’s continued favor.
Atheistic movements that seek to remove religion from society are paving a way for a government system that forces morality. Order is brought to a society when they unite in basic philosophy and agree on good and evil. At the heart of atheism is moral relativism. A religion that teaches good and evil is subjective to one’s own perspective. Truth is relative to the individual. In such a society, moral unity will be difficult to maintain. For if a person can justify murder, the only thing stopping him will be the laws of the land and his limited ability to get around those laws. To maintain order, government must be given absolute power.
The Constitution and Bill of Rights were designed to limit government’s power. If atheists are successful in removing God from American society, they will be forced to create a new sovereign master. At that point, men become gods and the ones with the most power will force their definition of good and evil on society. Communism, France’s “Reign of terror”, Hitler’s fascism, and modern day North Korea are good examples of what happens in the absence of a monotheistic religion. A nation that fears God frees men from government inforced morality.
The American Constitution does not require a nation of Christians. It requires a moral and religious people. The members of the Bunnell City Commissioner come from various religious backgrounds illustrating that America is rich in religious diversity. Public prayer is a simple way for all faiths to acknowledge God’s sovereignty over their nation and the lives of it’s people. City officials across the nation would do well to follow their example. Public prayers led by our government leaders acknowledge His presence and serve as a reminder that the majority of this nation still fears God.