- I AM thankful I can pray in public without being arrested. That freedom is amazing, one that so many of my brothers and sisters can hardly fathom.
- This country's people and leaders need prayer, and it's pretty cool to have a day dedicated toward asking God to bless them.
- I cringe at the bigotry Christians can display when demanding religious rights. Hardly as "wise as serpents and harmless as doves". I sometimes wonder if the National Day of Prayer would be observed so religiously by Christians if they would release the notion that practicing publicly gains them a foot in the door of power on the political scene... or the notion that people are drawn to live as Jesus teaches by being told how wrong they are.
- I am uncomfortable with the impetus to pray for our country. We're concerned that the "Christian nation" is losing favor with God?
- If we are to be salt and light in our country, why are we more concerned with the posting of the Ten Commandments in public buildings and holding massive prayer rallies than we are about knowing and caring for our neighbors?
Brian Miller, pastor of Sunnyside Mennonite here in Lancaster offers these timely questions:
"What if Thursday, May 6 was National Day of…
1. turning the other cheek to the evil person (Matthew 5:39)
2. beating our weapons into farm implements (Isaiah 2:4)
3. loving our enemies and praying for those that persecute us (Matthew 5:44)
4. loving our neighbors as ourself (Mark 12:28-31)
5. selling everything we have, giving to the poor and following Jesus (Mark 10:21)
6. having no other gods before Yahweh (Exodus 20:3)
7. “I hate all your show and pretense–the hypocrisy of your religious festivals and solemn assemblies…” (Amos 5:21)
8. doing justice, loving kindness, and walking humbly with our God (Micah 6:8)
9. treating the alien who resides among us as a citizen…of loving the alien as ourselves… (Leviticus 19:34)
10. asking God to forgive our sins as we forgive those who sin against us (Luke 11:4)
11. confessing our sins one to another that we may be healed (James 5:16)
12. trusting in God rather than military might (Psalm 20:7)
13. sharing our daily bread
14. reconciliation (2 Corinthians 5:18)
15. proclaiming the Gospel of peace (Ephesians 6:15)
we would gather around a cross rather than a flag
we would listen rather than speak
Jesus’ kingdom would come on earth as it is in heaven"
What if the church would remember that
"my first allegiance is not to a flag, a country, or a man
my first allegiance is not to democracy or blood
it's to a king & a kingdom"