Earlier this year, Russian President, Vladimir Putin, called America a “godless nation” and “morally bankrupt.” That statement comes from a country many deem as being officially atheistic. The Washington Times quoted Putin in a recent keynote speech saying, “Many Euro-Atlantic countries have moved away from their roots, including Christian values. Policies are being pursued that place on the same level a multi-child family and a same-sex partnership, a faith in God and a belief in Satan. This is the path to degradation.”1 The absurdity of these comments is almost surreal, especially considering America’s rich spiritual heritage.
From the planting of a cross and the prayers that were offered at Jamestown during the establishment of the first permanent English settlement in 1607, we have placed our fervent trust in God. Rev. Robert Hunt, an expedition leader and a man of unsullied character, was described by Capt. John Smith as, “honest, courageous and divine.” Every morning and every evening, Rev. Hunt celebrated their newfound religious freedom by leading the small band in prayer, affirming that the Gospel of Christ was the primary mission of the settlers.
The Library of Congress—the indisputable and national repository for our written history—records that many of our Founders were deeply religious men. For most of them, God and government, religion and morality were irrevocably bound and indivisible, woven together in a sacred plan that produced one of the greatest nations on the earth. These patriots honored Nature and Nature’s God and were also guided by “covenant theology,” a universal belief that God bound Himself in an agreement with a nation and its people.
Congress appointed chaplains for itself and the armed forces, sponsored the publication of a Bible, regarded Christian morality a necessity for those in military service, and sponsored national days of thanksgiving on a regular basis for the purpose of “humiliation, fasting, and prayer.” In times of national prosperity, Presidents, Congress and other key leaders have acknowledged our blessings as a result of God’s hand upon the United States; and in times of tragedy and crisis, these same leaders humbly acknowledged that God was our only hope.
There was no corporate outrage, no lawsuits, no widespread demand that the government was forcing a particular faith on anyone, no loss of individual religious freedoms and rights, and no public outcry or demand by citizens to remove every reference or vestige of the Creator from the national conscious.
From the national motto being engraved on all U.S. currency in 1864, to Congress legislating “under God” be added to the Pledge of Allegiance in 1954, God has been recognized and honored as the true Author of human rights and therefore, worthy of our acknowledgement and praise. We must carry this legacy of faith to the next generation. America, we must return to God and place our trust in Him once again!
The truth is complacency has had devastating effects on our culture. It is time to wake up and work together to protect God’s rightful place. Since removing prayer and the Bible from schools in the 1960’s, there has been a significant moral decline in America. One example is highlighted in an article from the Examiner, The Effects of Removing Prayer and the Bible from the Schools in 1962:
“Criminal arrest of teens is up 150% according to the U.S. Bureau of Census; teen suicides in ages 15-19 years up 450% according to the National Center of Health Services; illegal drug activity is up 6000% according to the National Institute of Drug Abuse; child abuse cases up 2300% according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; divorce up 350% according to the U.S. Department of Commerce, and SAT scores fell 10% even though the SAT questions have been revamped to be easier to answer. Violent crime has risen 350%, national morality figures have plummeted, and teen pregnancy escalated dramatically after prayer and the Bible were removed from the schools.”2
The assault on our spiritual heritage—which is now in full evidence today—comes at the hands of the few, not the many…of the vocal, not the silent majority…of the well-funded, determined and relentless servants of godlessness and the anti-faith movement. Unless we are willing to match their veracity, their passion and an “All In” mindset, we risk the further erosion of our rich heritage…permanently silenced and removed from the national conversation.
Do you think it could never happen in America? The world and its historical record is littered with tragic examples of cruel and godless regimes who have attempted to force the worship of God underground and to the hidden places. Ask the Jewish people about the Holocaust in Nazi Germany, dissidents who recall their experience in Soviet gulags during Stalin’s purge, Chinese believers trampled in the Cultural Revolution under the oppression of Mao Zedong.
The truth is that laws will not change hearts, only God can accomplish this transformation. Yet, we need a spiritual and intellectual awakening that reinvigorates the importance of the Founding Principles in American government and public policy. The crisis is real, but the solution is as simple. We must trust God again! The Congressional Prayer Caucus Foundation is fighting on your behalf. Join us now! Pray…give…become involved today! Every day is precious and can make a difference.