Last week, we were all shocked and grieved by the tragedy in South Carolina. We are proud of those that have reacted with forgiveness and love; resisting division and promoting healing, in their state and the nation. The same spirit of unity was on display in Washington D.C. as several Members of Congress gathered in prayer for the victims and families. United we stand, divided we fall.
On a lighter note, last Thursday many of our CPCF partners gathered at the Capitol Hill Club in Washington, D.C. for a dynamic luncheon and meeting. We heard from two of the leading voices in America on faith and freedom, the Founder and Co-chair of the Congressional Prayer Caucus, Congressman Randy Forbes, and CPCF Honorary Chairman, Lt. Colonel Allen West.
There was a great synergy produced between the sincere commitment of the participants and the spirited passion of Forbes and West when it comes to protecting our Judeo-Christian heritage and religious liberties. Hearts were awakened and renewed for each person to find his or her place in this growing Movement. All agreed that we can no longer be bound by deliberate attempts to undermine our God-given rights or the perpetuation of ongoing false narratives like that of “Separation of Church and State.”
The sense of hope was palpable and faith in God’s enduring place within the hearts of Americans was strong—boldly holding fast to the belief that we still have the weight of history on our side if we will but humbly seek God once again. Together, with God and through strategic initiatives like PrayUSA: Government Leaders Calling the National to Prayer, the In God We Trust. Put It Up! campaign, the American Prayer Caucus Network and much more, we can and will see this nation fulfill her destiny.
Immediately following the luncheon, Congressman Forbes led our group on a private Christian heritage tour of the U.S. Capitol. Starting in the Rotunda, he highlighted several of the overt references to our rich spiritual heritage that are evident in many of the paintings displayed throughout its halls. These include Christopher Columbus’ landing in the western world in 1492 with crosses being prominent in the painting, the Baptism of Pocahontas at Jamestown in 1613, and the embarkation of pilgrims coming to America where they gathered reverently around the Bible.
Congressman Forbes further noted Congress approved the printing and distribution of the Aitkens Bible in 1782 and that in 1857, the U.S. Capitol housed the largest church in America. On December 4, 1800, members of Congress with Thomas Jefferson presiding over the U.S. Senate, transformed the Capitol into a church building for Sunday worship. When he was President of the United States, Jefferson attended services during his entire eight years in office. We cannot let these important facts slip silently and unnoticed through the cracks of our history. We must ensure that our national identity remains intact and is successfully, deliberately and enthusiastically passed on to the next generation.
Several key leaders who attended the luncheon shared with our team afterwards they felt personally inspired and motivated, stating this was one of the most significant events they had attended in years—that the message must get out to the people because no one is doing what we are doing.
The CPCF and our government leaders in the Congressional Prayer Caucus are “All In” and we trust that you are too! We cannot miss this God-given opportunity to see the country become great again. Our time is now and we must seize the moment. Let us resolve to give it all we’ve got.
In closing, the CPCF is proud to announce that earlier in the week, the co-chair of the Congressional Prayer Caucus, Senator James Lankford, was presented with the Distinguished Christian Statesman Award by the Center for Christian Statesmanship for his excellent demonstration of character and integrity in his leadership position. His remarks struck fervently in the hearts of those who attended as he shared about his journey to our nation’s capital and his belief that God is not done with America yet. Senator Lankford is just one of many like-minded national and state leaders who have followed a similar sense of calling and purpose.
We echo the words, “God is not done with America!” Join with us in an effort to unite people of faith in all spheres of influence and around these goals: to promote prayer, preserve our Judeo-Christian heritage and protect religious liberty.