Fast and pray for America.

We need to pray for revival, a Third Great Awakening — that God would pour out His Holy Spirit and work repentance and revival in our land and give us the knowledge and fear of the Lord.

Fast and pray for America: Our Founding Fathers called numerous fasts. Christians should fast and confess personal and national sins in the spirit of 2 Chronicles 7:14: If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land (ESV).

Why I Am a Christian

Rev. Benjamin F. Morris’ 1864 book The Christian Life and Character of the Civil Institutions of the United States. Purchase it from American Vision.

The Constitution declares that ” no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States.”
On this article Judge [w ho served on the Supreme Court of the United States from 1812 to 1845] says,
” The clause requiring no religious test for office is recommended by its tendency to satisfy the minds of many delicate and scrupulous persons, who entertain great repugnance to religious tests as a qualification for civil power or honor. But it has a higher aim in the Constitution. It is designed to cut off every pretence of an alliance between the Church and the State in the administration of the National Government. The American people were too well read in the history of other countries, and had suffered too much in their colonial state, not to dread the abuses of authority resulting from religious bigotry, intolerance, and persecution.”
Th& first amendment to the Constitution is, “That Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.”
“The same policy,” says Judge Story, “which introduced into the Constitution the prohibition of any religious test, led to this more extended prohibition of the interference of Con- gress in religious concerns. We are not to attribute this prohibition of a national religious establishment to an indifference to religion in general, and especially to Christianity (which none could hold in more reverence than the framers of the Constitution), but to a dread by the people of the influence of ecclesiastical power in matters of government,—a dread which
their ancestors brought with them from the parent country, and which, unhappily for human infirmity, their own conduct, after their emigration, had not in any just degree tended to diminish. It was also obvious, from the numerous and powerful sects in the United States, that there would be perpetual temptations to struggles for ascendency in the national councils, if any one might thereby hope to found a permanent and exclusive national establishment of its own ; and religious persecutions might thus be introduced, to an extent utterly subversive of the true interests and good order of the republic. The most effectual mode of suppressing the evil, in the view of the people, was to strike down the temptations to its introduction. How far any government has a right to interfere in matters touching religion, has been a matter much discussed by writers upon public and political law. . . . The right of a society or government to interfere in matters of religion will hardly be contested by any persons who believe that piety, religion, and morality are intimately connected with the well-being of the state and indispensable to the administration of civil justice.
“The promulgation of the great doctrines of religion,—the being and attributes and providence of one Almighty God, the responsibility to him for all our actions, founded upon moral accountability, a future state of rewards and punishments, the cultivation of all the personal, social, and benevolent virtues,—these never can be. a matter of indifference in a well-
ordered community. It is, indeed, difficult to conceive how any civilized society can exist without them. And, at all events, it is impossible for those who believe in the truth of Christianity as a divine revelation to doubt that it is the special duty of Government to foster and encourage it among all the citizens and subjects. This is a point wholly distinct from that of the right of private judgment in matters of religion, and of the freedom of public worship according to the dictates of one’s conscience.
“Probably at the time of the adoption of the Constitution and of the Amendments to it, the general, if not universal, sentiment in America was that Christianity ought to receive encouragement from the state, so far as such encouragement was not incompatible with the private rights of conscience and the freedom of religious worship. An attempt to level all religions, and to make it a matter of state policy to hold all in utter indifference, would have created universal disapprobation, if not universal indignation.”

Who is a God like you, pardoning iniquity and passing over transgression for the remnant of his inheritance? He does not retain his anger forever, because he delights in steadfast love. (Micah 7:18-19 ESV)

“I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country” were the last words of 21-year-old American patriot Nathan Hale, who was hanged by the British without a trial on SEPTEMBER 22, 1776. A Yale graduate, 1773, Nathan Hale almost became a Christian minister, as his brother Enoch did, but instead became a teacher at Union Grammar School. When the Revolutionary War began in 1775, Nathan Hale joined a Connecticut militia and served in the siege of Boston.
On July 4, 1775, Hale received a letter from his Yale classmate, Benjamin Tallmadge, who became General Washington’s chief intelligence officer: “Was I in your condition … I think the more extensive service would be my choice. Our holy Religion, the honour of our God, a glorious country, & a happy constitution is what we have to defend.” Nathan Hale accepted a commission as first lieutenant in the 7th Connecticut Regiment under Colonel Charles Webb of Stamford….
General Washington was desperate to know British plans and wrote on September 6, 1776: “We have not been able to obtain the least information on the enemy’s plans.” Washington sought a spy to penetrate the British lines to get information.”
On September 8, 1776, Nathan Hale stepped forward as the only volunteer. Knowing that the act of spying on the British, if caught, would be punishable by death, his fellow officer Captain William Hull attempted to talk Hale out it.Hale responded: “I wish to be useful, and every kind of service necessary to the public good becomes honorable by being necessary. If the exigencies of my country demand a peculiar service, its claim to perform that service are imperious.”…
On September 21, 1776, Hale was captured by the “Queen’s Rangers” commanded by a loyalist British Lieut. Col. Robert Rogers. British General William Howe ordered Hale to be hanged the next morning. Hale wrote a letter to his mother and brother, but the British destroyed them, not wanting it known a man could die with such firmness. Hale asked for a Bible, but was refused. He requested a clergyman, but was denied. Nathan Hale was marched out and hanged from an apple-tree in Rutgers’ orchard, near present-day 66th Street and Third Avenue in New York City on SEPTEMBER 22, 1776.
Because the British insisted on hanging captured American spy Nathan Hale, General Washington later insisted on hanging captured British spy John Andre.

From What Happened Today In History

Sept. 23, 1642: First commencement exercises occur at Harvard College.

Sept. 23, 1779: American Revolution: a squadron commanded by John Paul Jones on board the USS Bonhomme Richard wins the Battle of Flamborough Head, off the coast of England, against two British warships.

Sept. 23, 1780: American Revolution: British Major John André is arrested as a spy by American soldiers exposing Benedict Arnold’s change of sides.

Sept. 23, 1806: Lewis and Clark return to St. Louis after exploring the Pacific Northwest of the United States.

Sept. 23, 1845: The Knickerbockers Baseball Club, the first baseball team to play under the modern rules, is founded in New York.

Sept. 23, 1846: Neptune is discovered by French astronomer Urbain Jean Joseph Le Verrier and British astronomer John Couch Adams.

Sept. 23, 1938: Mobilization of the Czechoslovak army in response to the Munich Crisis.

Sept. 23, 1941: World War II: The first gas chamber experiments are conducted at Auschwitz.

Sept. 23, 1942: World War II: First day of the September Matanikau action on Guadalcanal as United States Marine Corps forces attack Imperial Japanese Army units along the Matanikau River.

Sept. 23, 1943: World War II: The Nazi puppet state the Italian Social Republic is founded.

Sept. 23, 1952: Richard Nixon makes his “Checkers speech”.