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Why we are held in low esteem

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webmaster | 10/22/12

I’m writing in response to the idea that Christian prayer in a public meeting is inequitable in view of the fact that some Maderans are not Christian. We seem to be overlooking some things.

The United States is known throughout the world as a Christian nation; therefore, anyone choosing to live here has chosen to live in a Christian nation. It would be unthinkable for us to go to any other country and expect them to change their religious observance to make us more comfortable.

The Lord is getting shabby treatment. God was taken out of the school and is replaced by policemen. There is a faction that would take “in God we trust” off our currency. There is an objection to Congress holding prayer before convening to consider the way our government is run. Christmas is all about Santa and toys, and Easter is all about bunnies and candy and God is lost in commercialism. We are known in other countries as “The Great Satan” and when we look at our entertainment, the things we think are funny, the music we play, the movies we see, the books we read, the ugliness we allow on television and the Internet, we can understand why we are held in such low esteem. Will our children find role models in any of the above? If not, will the next generation do any better than this one? If we want real love (not just sex), real joy, real peace in every area, if we want to exhibit patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control, we need much prayer.

On our own, we have made the air unfit to breathe, the water unsafe to drink, we created acid rain and poked holes in the ozone layer. We have light bulbs that are considered “green” and one bulb can pollute gallons and gallons of water. We can’t live without water. We have tons of electronic and nuclear waste we can’t dispose of. Instead of turning from God we should be begging Him to repair the damage that in our ignorance we have caused. We need the help of God in every area and we can only get it through prayer. He promised His help in 2nd Chronicles 7:14 — “If My people, who are called by My name, will humble themselves and seek My face I will forgive their sins and heal their land.” God keeps His promises. We need prayer.

Elizabeth Phillips,


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