Kathryn Lopez

Grace is amazing, as the song says. And perhaps despite ourselves and our bad decisions or indifference or political despair, there are rising men and women of principle. The Green family that runs the Hobby Lobby arts and crafts chain is among them. They run their business in a way that's conducive to the family and faith of their employees. They are refusing to comply with the government's mandate that employers pay for insurance that includes abortion access and contraception because they are evangelicals opposed to abortion. As such, they are currently in defiance of the law.

I didn't interrupt that kid praying to ask him, but I hope his prayer was that public servants take inspiration from the likes of the Greens, instead of viewing them as backward anomalies whose view of religious liberty has been consigned to the ash heap.

All too often, we give lip service to our faiths without thinking about what it takes to live up to them. The prayer service on a frigid, busy day in Washington, and the kid praying in front of it, gives me hope of a different outlook. "So help us God," as the speaker began the 113th Congress.

Kathryn Lopez

Kathryn Jean Lopez, editor of National Review Online, writes a weekly column of conservative political and social commentary for Newspaper Enterprise Association.