We’re a country founded on prayer

The last two weeks I have been quite aware of the events circling the terrible acts of terrorism, as I’m sure you and every other mourning American have been. It seems wherever yougo, you can’t escape hearing or reading about it. Sometimes it’s good news, but most of the time it’s news you’d rather not hear. For some Americans, it’s a day they’d rather block out of their mind, as if it had never happened. For others, it’s a call to patriotism, rallying on street corners and holding flags, singing “The Star Spangled Banner.” However they’ve decided to deal with it, it usually involves them seeking peace and rest from a higher power; someone bigger and greater than the terrorism itself.

I drive down the streets and notice that over half the business signs say “Pray for our country.” Our president, a professed Christian himself, has urged us to keep our nation in prayer. Even our schools, where God has been “forbidden,” are now stating on their signs, “God Bless America.” People are being encouraged to pray!

But in all this, I have to ask myself why. I, myself, a 17-year-old senior at Master’s Touch Christian School, have the privilege to be able to pray in school; whereas, public schools have “banned” prayer and God altogether saying that it infringes on other people’s beliefs. But now, when our nation is in a state of crisis, we not only allow but have encouraged prayer in our schools, in our capitals and in our businesses.

If you look back at America’s history, and you read all the documents written and all the words spoken, you see that our country was founded on Christian beliefs and principles. This wasn’t because we were trying to impose our beliefs on anyone, but because that was the original reason that we came and settled America, for the religious freedom. And since then, as a country under God, we have thrived and been blessed for many years. Though in recent years, when we’ve tried to exclude God from our schools and lives and rewrite history by trying to take him out of our government, have we seen the effects of not being a nation after God’s own heart.

Finally, this brings me to the questions: “Why isn’t God (and prayer) allowed in our schools and government? Why does it cost us 6,000 lives for us to realize what a God-depraved country we are?” Can anyone tell me?


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