Republicans officially made business mogul Donald Trump their 2016 Presidential nominee. As predicted, Democrats were given former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. If nothing else, the one thing the vast majority can strongly unite behind is both candidates are widely disliked.
While there are genuine Clinton and Trump supporters who truly admire their candidate, for many, their votes will stem from fear, revenge, more hatred for the other guy, or simple party loyalty. Some people strongly dislike their candidate, but are going to vote for them because the other guy is worse. Some despise their nominee so much they are actually flipping sides. And some, seeing both as complete disasters, are voting 3rd party or not at all. This election is not about who is the better person to lead our country, it’s about who is hated less.
Our nation is on fire. While we’ve been focusing on ISIS executing Christians, Jews and infidels, Black Lives Matter started an all out war on our cops with a side assault on innocent white people. Meanwhile, young black men continue to massacre each other by the thousands without a peep from the administration, the media, the Democrat Party, or BLM.
President Clinton’s support will only increase the power, presence, and danger of BLM and the New Black Panthers, causing useless death and destruction. President Trump has promised to militarize the police. This will only push down a tight lid on an already rapidly boiling pot. Neither action is a solution. They will both exacerbate this issue to horrifying results.
During the Civil War, the people of this land were just as divided and just as angry as we are today. At least at that time there was an actual divide between the sides. We knew who and where the “enemy” was. Though there was opposition in both territories, those sides were clearly known as the North and the South. You, your family and your neighbors not only agreed, you fought side by side for your cause.
Today, people are becoming more and more frightened of their neighbors. They’re not even sure where they stand on the issues and quite frankly are afraid to ask. Families are fractured, some to the point of disrepair. Chaos is at its peak, but isn’t that how Saul Alinsky’s disciples Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton wanted it?
We stood up during the primaries and fought for our causes. That is not a bad thing, but it resulted in even more splits. There isn’t unity in either party, let alone a state, a county, a town or even a family.
We looked to the left. We looked to the right. But how many of us looked up? The solution is not us on our feet, raising our fists in anger. It is on our knees, raising our hearts and voices in prayer.
As President Abraham Lincoln watched the fabric our the young country being torn apart, he did just that. Lincoln said, “I have been driven many times upon my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had no where else to go. My own wisdom and that of all about me seemed insufficient for that day.” This realization showed Lincoln a new course.
Both sides believed God was on their side. Then Lincoln figured it out. “My concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God’s side, for God is always right.” Lincoln put this understanding to action and asked the people to join him in one simple act – A Day of National Humiliation, Fasting, and Prayer. He issued the following proclamation:
A Day Of National Humiliation, Fasting, and Prayer in the The United States Of America on April 30, 1863
WHEREAS, the senate of the United States, devoutly recognizing the Supreme Authority and Just Government of Almighty God, in all the affairs of men and of nations, has by a resolution, required the President to designate and set apart a day for National prayer and humiliation:
And whereas, it is the duty of nations as well as of men, to owe their dependence upon the overruling power of God, to confess their sins and transgressions, in humble sorrow, yet with assured hope that genuine repentance will lead to mercy and pardon; and to recognize the sublime truth, announced in the Holy Scriptures and proven by all history, that those nations only are blessed whose God is the Lord:
And, in so much as we know that, by His divine law, nations, like individuals, are subjected to punishments and chastisements in this world, may we not justly fear that the awful calamity of civil war, which now desolates the land, may be but a punishment inflicted upon us for our presumptuous sins, to the needful end of our national reformation as a whole People? We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of Heaven. We have been preserved, these many years, in peace and prosperity. We have grown in numbers, wealth, and power as no other nation has ever grown. But we have forgotten God. We have forgotten the gracious hand which preserved us in peace, and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us; and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own. Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us! It behooves us, then to humble ourselves before the offended Power, to confess our national sins, and to pray for clemency and forgiveness.
Now, therefore, in compliance with the request , and fully concurring in the views of the Senate, I do, by this proclamation, designate and set apart Thursday, the 30th day of April, 1863, as a day of national humiliation, fasting, and prayer. And I do hereby request all the People to abstain on that day from their ordinary secular pursuits, and to unite, at their several places of public worship and their respective homes, in keeping the day holy to the Lord, and devoted to the humble discharge of the religious duties proper to that solemn occasion.
All this being done, in sincerity and truth, let us then rest humbly in the hope authorized by the Divine teachings, that the united cry of the Nation will be heard on high, and answered with blessings, no less than the pardon of our national sins, and the restoration of our now divided and suffering country, to its former happy condition of unity and peace.
In witness whereof, I have here unto set my hand, and caused the seal of the United States to be affixed.
Done at the city of Washington this thirtieth day of March, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, and of the Independence of the United States the eighty-seventy.
By the President:
Following this simple display of humility by a President, and a nation of people willing to do likewise, the tide of the war shifted. Prior to the National Day of Prayer, the Union won only two battles. After the National Day of Prayer, the Union suffered only two defeats.
I will not hold my breath that our current president will do any such act. But that’s the point. We can not look to one man or one woman to solve our problems. They won’t, mainly because they can’t. If we truly and honestly want healing and unity brought back to this country, the key has already been given to us.
“If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14
With social media, we don’t need a president to organize any event. It’s time We the People take back control of our country. We must humble ourselves before God. We should ask Him to guide our country using His choice as our leader, not ours.
As summer ends, students head back to school, and the general election season really heats up, I’m calling for September 4th as a Day of National Humiliation, Fasting, and Prayer.
We have tried everything else. It seems like everyone wants to force anybody who disagrees with them to sit down and shut up. Maybe that’s some good advice for all of us because nobody here on earth is listening. The great news is, our Father in Heaven is patiently waiting for us to realize that. Give him a call. He’s ready to talk.
But that’s just my 2 cents.