[COMMENT: This excellent piece is points to one of the
few examples of someone in the public arena who will stand up and identify
himself with Jesus Christ. When Christians begin to do that, God will
fight for us. We will be persecuted, and we will begin to win. The
identity of the person writing after the first paragraph is not known.
don't know your opinion of former Ala. Chief Justice Roy Moore. Regardless
of one's political opinion, I think the comments by one of his supporters,
an Alabama pastor, are worth reading. I have enclosed Moore's letter which
generated the comments. The phrases "...prayers are usually made to some
'cosmic god of the universe' and "a speech to man with God listening" are
really appropriate for many of the "public" prayers I have heard recently.
I hope you don’t mind my responding “to all” on this, but I have personally witnessed this to the extreme. As a retired Army colonel I have witnessed and continue to witness with disgust the restrictions place on Army chaplains who dare not pray in Jesus’ name. Presently living and working in the Huntsville/Redstone defense business community, I am all too familiar with the tight rope Christian chaplains have to walk. I can remember hearing over a hundred prayers by military chaplains in the Huntsville defense community and around the world at various functions over the last 40 years and I only remember one where the prayer was made in Jesus’ name. The prayers are usually made to some “cosmic god of the universe”, which seems to be one of the terms they push in the chaplain’s school that is politically correct. Often they sound like a speech to man with God listening, more than a submissive prayer that acknowledges the True and Living God of the Bible and His Son, Jesus Christ.
But the Lord will not be mocked. As our Lord Jesus said if we deny him he will deny us. If we acknowledge Him, He will acknowledge us before the Father.
Through no effort of my own a few years ago in the middle of a controversy, covered by TV news and the newspaper, in Huntsville over whether I as a minister of the Gospel could stand silently in prayer, alone with a Bible in my hand, without a permit, in front of an abortion clinic, I was asked to fill in for a military chaplain to do the invocation at an Army/defense business/local government dinner event at the Redstone Arsenal Officers Club. When approached by an Army lieutenant colonel to do the prayer I told him that as a minister of the Gospel that I only pray in Jesus’ name. In response he smiled and said I know, that’s why I asked you. Two weeks later I was approached by an elected officer in the Redstone Chapter of the Association of the US Army, which has several hundred members and asked to be their chaplain. I told them I would be their Christian chaplain, but I only pray in Jesus’ name. Since then at many events in the military/business/local government social scene I have been blessed to do dozens of invocations, in Jesus’ name, some at the Civic Center with 800 people present, with my wife and I often on the dais with generals and political figures, including Congressmen and the current governor. Even this last week I did invocations at three major events. One was at the Joint Integrated Air and Missile Defense Conference luncheon at the Huntsville Civic Center with 300 of the key missile defense people from the Pentagon and from all the military services around the country present. When I stepped forward to the podium I was aware that there were Jewish people present and the keynote luncheon speaker, with a PhD, was a senior official from the Department of Defense, who had a foreign accent that I suspected was Jewish.
Needless to say while I do not pretend to pray eloquently, I do pray to the God of the Bible in the name of His Son Jesus who died for our sins. After my prayer, this gentleman was introduced who spoke on missile defense issues. Then when he sat down he walked by my table and when he approached he winked and smiled and said, “good job.” I put my hand on his arm as he walked by, two believers had connected.
I’m amazed to find out first hand that If the military chaplains are restricted from praying in the Lord’s name, the Lord will just raise just about anybody up who will and will acknowledge Him….Even the rocks will cry out. Sometimes I’m in awe of the Lord, but like blind Bartimaeus in Mark Chapter 10, all I know is that once I was lost, but now I’m found…. I was blind but now I see.
We are blessed that Roy Moore is the one man who we know who will always acknowledge God no matter what it costs him. If God can trust him I know that we can too.
I believe the Lord is raising up Roy Moore up to be our next governor, because He trusts him
February 16, 2006
Judge Moore's letter to President Bush
February 14, 2006
The Honorable George W. Bush
President, The United States of America
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500
Dear Mr. President:
As a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point and a veteran of the Vietnam war, I am greatly disturbed by reports that chaplains of the United States are being refused the right to pray according to the dictates of their conscience. Specifically, military chaplains have been told that they cannot pray in the name of Jesus Christ.
As Chairman of the Foundation for Moral Law in Montgomery, Alabama, and as the former Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, I am distressed at the abandonment of our religious heritage and at the voluntary relinquishment of a right for which our forefathers fought and died.
When petitions were made before Congress in 1853 to abolish the office of Chaplain appointed for the Army and Navy, Congress immediately and resolutely denied such petitions. The United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary reported that,
“We are Christians, not because the law demands it, not to gain exclusive benefits, or to avoid legal disabilities, but from choice and education; and in a land thus universally Christian, what is to be expected, what desired, but that we shall pay a due regard to Christianity, and have a reasonable respect for its ministers and religious solemnities?”
The House Committee on the Judiciary to which similar petitions had been referred, responded with equal fervor:
“Had the people, during the Revolution, had a suspicion of any attempt to war against Christianity, that Revolution would have been strangled in its cradle.” “At the time of the adoption of the Constitution and the Amendments, the universal sentiment was that Christianity should be encouraged. . . . In this age there can be no substitute for Christianity; . . . that was the religion of the founders of the republic, and they expected it to remain the religion of their descendants.”
Even the United States Supreme Court as late as 1931 in the majority decision of United States v. Macintosh in discussing the origin and source of our religious freedom, concluded that,
“We are a Christian people according to one another the equal right of religious freedom, and acknowledging with reverence the duty of obedience to the will of God.”
At a time when the ACLU and other organizations dedicated to the removal of the knowledge of God from our land have joined forces with liberal federal court judges to interfere with our God-given inalienable right to worship according to the dictates of our conscience, it is the duty of the President of the United States to “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”
Religious freedom and liberty of conscience is the greatest gift of God to mankind. There is a grave and prevalent error on this subject by those who assume that religious freedom is given by man. To recognize the true source of our freedom is not to deny, but to secure it for all of us.
I call upon you, as our President and Commander-in-Chief, to exercise that constitutional authority given you over our military forces to stop this unwarranted and unlawful attack on military chaplains. As we lead the world in our quest for freedom and liberty, we can ill afford to deny that freedom to valiant military chaplains dedicated to the service of our Country and the God upon Whom that Country was founded.
May God be with you to guide you in this matter.
Roy S. Moore
Chairman, Foundation for Moral Law
Roy S. Moore's bio is available online at: http://www.morallaw.org/
To interview Roy Moore contact Rich Hobson, President, Foundation for Moral Law, 334-262-1245
Posted by Editor at February 16, 2006 02:21 PM
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