Letter to the Editor: Pray for America



I was reading in the book of Judges and came to this verse, “Another generation grew up who did not acknowledge the Lord or remember the mightythings he had done for Israel.” It made me think of what we are seeing in America, where a generation has grown up that does not acknowledge the Lord or know the many ways he has blessed America. The early settlers were Christians and this land was dedicated to God in 1607 here in Virginia.

The teaching of biblical truth has been neglected in our homes, courts, and threats of lawsuits have removed the Bible, prayer, the Ten Commandments and all things Christian from most schools and the public square, and sadly many churches have watered down or compromised biblical truth.

Dr. Benjamin Rush, signer of the Declaration, member of Continental Congress, founder of five universities, says in “A Defense of the Use of the Bible in Schools”– 1791 – that surely future generations wouldn’t try to take the Bible out of the schools.

“In contemplating the political institutions of the United States, I lament, that we waste so much time and money in punishing crimes, and take so little pains to prevent them…we neglect the only means of establishing and perpetuating our republican forms of government, that is, the universal education of our youth in the principles of Christianity, by means of the Bible,” Rush said.

He also said, “By withholding the knowledge of this doctrine from children, we deprive ourselves of the best means of awakening moral sensibility in their minds.”

I believe Dr. Rush had the answer to our problem and it is time to say “wake up America,” which is the theme for the annual National Day of Prayer on May 5.

Locally, a prayer service will be held on that day at Court Square in Woodstock at noon and a community National Day of Prayer service will be held at Valley Pike Church of the Brethren at 7 p.m.

I encourage everyone to be involved in these services and to pray each day for America.

Eva Gochenour, Woodstock