Judge Barbara Crabb, a U.S. district judge in Wisconsin, recently ruled it is unconstitutional for the government to endorse the National Day of Prayer. She did not rule prayer unconstitutional, which would be an entirely different matter. The decision will likely be appealed, but again, that Book says Christians are to obey the government because God instituted it. How do they justify disobeying a government God has put in place, including one led by President Obama, who many "Christian leaders" spend more time bashing then they do praying for? And if they believe, as Paul wrote, that all authority is from God, why are they spending so much time criticizing the authorities and focusing on the "kingdom of this world," instead of focusing on that other "kingdom" they say they believe is eternal?
Could it be that their security, in practice, is more from this world than in the next? They want to see results, though they are admonished to "live by faith, not by sight." (2 Corinthians 5:7). They are not alone. Religious, or not, people are looking for things they can cling to, hoping to gain meaning, purpose, hope and security. But as these events have shown, our faith and quest for security are misplaced if we are looking to government alone to save us from terrorists, volatile markets and oil spills.
There is no ultimate security in this world and no guarantee of protection from anything, including disease and death. That ultimate security comes from somewhere else. It isn't from public displays of prayer, investments, security cameras, or things you buy. Such things are the sounds of insecurity.
Cal Thomas is co-author (with Bob Beckel) of the book, "Common Ground: How to Stop the Partisan War That is Destroying America".
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