The United States is not a theocracy. Priests are not elected to govern. So what does it mean when a politician goes straight to “God” for help with the social problems he or she is tasked with addressing?
Governor Rick Perry (R-Tex.) displayed what was perhaps one of the most outward expressions of such divine appeal two summers ago, when he held a monumental prayer rally on August 6, 2011: The Response. His response further generated a number of other prayer rallies through the end of last year, “to call on Jesus on behalf of America, that He might hear our cry and that we would see a revolution of righteousness in this country.”
It appears the citizens of this country will witness a similar sort of confluence of socio-political policy and that of a particular faith next month: WND’s Joseph Farah’s call for a National Day of Prayer and Repentance on September 11th in an effort to “save America” in the “battle” against various sociocultural and political issues (e.g., abortion, gay marriage, gun control, foreign policy, and the diminished role of “God” in the public sphere, among others).
Though Joseph Farah is not a public official, the shared leadership and support he has been given by individuals such as Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), who many recall stating in 2011 that the major east-coast earthquake, and Hurricane Irene’s subsequent wrath along the same coastal area, were both warnings from “God,” calls into question the adequacy with which those supporting individuals approach their public offices. According to Bachmann, this September 11th will be a day of reflection “on the things we, as Americans, have done to cause God such disappointment that he would choose to punish our country twice [2001 and 2012] on the same date.” “Is there anything better that we can do on that day rather than to humble ourselves and pray to an almighty God?” she asks. View the soon-to-retire Minnesota Congresswoman’s official endorsement of the event in April’s Congressional Record here.