In 1980 my father, Rev. Claude G. Pike, having borne the heaviest spiritual burden for America during nearly a half century of liberalism, was overjoyed with the election of Pres. Ronald Reagan. He and my mother, Hilda Mignon Pike, were pioneer Christian/conservative leaders, mixing religion with politics after the fall of China to communism in 1949. They knew that, unless Christians mobilized through faith resulting in action, the worldwide scourge of secular liberalism and Marxism would someday overwhelm America as well.
Yet, delighted as they were with the ascendance of Christian values, there was something missing in the Reagan revolution -- the National Day of Prayer. It had been established in 1775 by Gen. George Washington during the depth of America's struggle for independence but was now, for all practical purposes, forgotten.
My father became concerned that it be revived -- not just in celebration of revival of Christian values but to fulfill its original intention, as an encouragement in time of threat for all Americans of faith to look to their Creator for national deliverance.
With this goal in mind, my father conceived an ambitious plan: to fly our restored 1929 Bellanca monoplane (the same type that first flew the Pacific in 1931) around America on a publicity tour to promote revival of this forgotten national observance.
During the summer of 1980 my father, brother, and I embarked on a huge aerial loop across America, from Portland, Oregon nearly to New York, through the South and back up the Pacific coast from Los Angeles. Through a rock-concert sound system, blasting through a megaphone on the plane's belly, and a huge aerial banner trailing behind, we proclaimed over towns, cities, conservative gatherings, etc., "Pray for America!" On the ground, we gathered many thousands of signatures on petitions to the President, asking him to revive the National Day of Prayer. Out of a host of contacts from coast to coast was created the National Prayer Network, a Christian/conservative watchdog group dedicated to always telling the whole truth and sounding alerts the moment danger threatened freedom.
In short, my father was able to generate a national movement of which the President did take notice. Invited to the White House with other major conservative leaders, he witnessed Pres. Reagan's signing of the reestablished National Day of Prayer on February 6, 1982. It was to be observed every first Thursday in May.
The revived National Day of Prayer has now been nationally participated in by millions of Christians and tens of thousands of churches at least 26 times under circumstances of relatively modest threat. But now, as with Washington at Valley Forge, Christian America will be observing it this Thursday under the very greatest threat -- the imminent passage of a federal hate crimes bill designed to initiate persecution of Christians and end free speech. It will also elevate to a status of special federal protection the vilest members of humanity, sodomites and pedophiles.
Because of these extraordinary circumstances, observation this year must be very different than in years preceding. It must combine the soberest unification of repentance, faith, and entreaty for divine deliverance with the most intelligent and focused political action.
As an heir of the man most responsible (next to Pres. Reagan) for resurrecting the National Day of Prayer, I hope religious leaders will honor my call that right now they organize within their churches a spiritual/political equivalent of the massive IRS "tea party" protests of two weeks ago.
Here's what I believe we should do:
1. Christian laity should inform their pastors (and other pastors in their area) of the hate bill threat. The quickest way is to have them watch my latest 10-minute video "Stop the Pedophile-Protecting Hate Bill!" at www.truthtellers.org. Encourage them to also read our latest articles.
2. From the pulpit this Sunday, pastors should thoroughly inform their congregants of this crisis. They should schedule gatherings in their church throughout the first week of May for the purpose of intensive prayer and action.
3. Prepared with the list of all U.S. Senators from the action page at www.truthtellers.org and with every person bringing their cell phone, Christians should conduct "prayer and phoning" meetings. These should consist not just of prayer or of phoning. Rather, like the returning Jews who battled intense opposition to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem under Nehemiah (Neh. 4:16), some will wield a sword (prayer and faith) while others use a trowel (action). Callers must inundate the Senate throughout next week, restraining Democrats in their determination to push the Senate hate bill through as quickly as they did in the House last week.
Moment Of Destiny
The National Day of Prayer was designed by Pres. Washington, and its revival envisioned by my father, to serve both good times and bad. With pro-homosexual Democrats ruling the nation, we are now definitely in a bad time and a bad way. The same number of Christians and their young people who might this week gather by the tens of thousands in "Christian rock concerts" across America as well as other amusements should cancel those events. Instead, they should gather in our churches in what Gen. Washington called national "humiliation, fasting and prayer" in penance for how the church has allowed evil to achieve national dominance, praying that God will stay His righteous judgment upon our land.
We need to hear all across America the mixed murmur of millions of Christian voices, some entreating, "Lord save us!" and an equal number dialing 1-877-851-6437 toll free or 1-202-225-3121 toll, saying: "Please don't vote for Sen. Kennedy's pedophile-protecting hate bill, S. 909."
If we respond as we should, the incense of prayer mixed with the hushed staccato of cell phones dialing and voices protesting to the Senate will arise as a "sweet-smelling savor" to the God who gave us our freedom. In this time of gravest national peril, it will be more pleasing in His ears than any hymn.
Rev. Ted Pike is director of the National Prayer Network, a Christian/conservative watchdog organization.
Watch the dynamic 10-minute educational video, "How to Kill the Hate Bills" at www.truthtellers.org which explains how the two hate bills, H.R. 256 and H.R. 262, threaten freedom. Please tell the offices of members of Congress to watch it! Also at www.truthtellers.org, watch our gripping 82-minute documentary "Hate Laws: Making Criminals of Christians."
Let the Anti-Defamation League of B'nai B'rith teach you how they have saddled 45 states with hate laws capable of persecuting Christians: http://www.adl.org/99hatecrime/intro.asp.
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