Friday, May 16, 2014

More Prayer In The Public Square

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Last week the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that its okay to pray at the beginning of each city council meeting in Greece, New York.

We suggested this could be the beginning of something good. And it was.

Now Commissioners of a North Carolina county are asking a federal judge to overturn a previous ruling that prohibited them from sectarian prayer before their local government meetings.

The ACLU is angry and will fight the request, however, the Greece, NY ruling will certainly influence this request and others that will follow.

This is the beginning of more prayer in the public square.

In the case of Greece, NY, the Court ruled that a prayer at the beginning of their town meeting did not violate the U.S. Constitution.

Our Founding Fathers would not have been surprised by the Court's ruling, however, the ACLU is livid. And so are a few atheists.

The Commissioners of Forsyth County, North Carolina have voted unanimously to request an overturn of a federal judge's former ruling banning their tradition of prayer as their meeting convened.

Since the federal judge's ruling, Forsyth County had opted to hold moments of silence, or in some cases have someone give a nonsectarian prayer---which is a "prayer" to nothing and no one.

Mere words.

The Commissioners are now arguing that their prayer policy, that was silenced by the judge, is just like the one in Greece, NY, and the Supreme Court says it's okay.

Forsyth County attorney Davida Martin told the Associated Press that her county's previous prayer policy is virtually identical to the prayer policy of the city of Greece.

She also told the court she hopes to make quick progress on learning how the Commission can return to the old prayer policy.

She intends to get the court order against the Commission over turned by May 22.

Rev. Steve Corts, local minister and pastor of Center Grove Baptist Church, helped raise the money to pay for the substantial fees and costs incurred by the county in the appeal process.

He says he sees the recent Supreme Court ruling as a "vindication" of their local legal fight.

As Forsyth County likely prepares to return to their "old paths of prayer".

I'm reminded of an ancient Word from the Lord for all people of all times:

"Behold, I Myself have created the blacksmith who blows the fire of coals and brings out a weapon for its work; And I have created the destroyer to ruin. No weapon that is formed against you will prosper; And every tongue that accuses you in judgement, you will condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and vindication is from Me, declares the Lord" (Isaiah 54: 16-17).

It was also Isaiah who reminded us that those who in rebellion toward God and godly principles, condemn those who seek to practice righteousness will eventually wear out.

Here's how he put it: "It is the Sovereign Lord who helps me. Who will condemn me? They will all wear out like a garment; the moths will eat them up."

Be Vigilant. Be Strong. Be Faithful. Be Prayerful. Be Blessed.