America needs prayer, Southern Baptists say

By Julia DuinSouthern Baptists, America’s largest Protestant denomination, apparently believe that divine judgment is close at hand, which is why … Continued

By Julia Duin

Southern Baptists, America’s largest Protestant denomination, apparently believe that divine judgment is close at hand, which is why today (Sunday) is their National Day of Prayer.

“Join with churches around the country for a solemn assembly of prayer, fasting and repentance,” proclaims an open letter from a council of heads of SBC denominational organizations.

“We live in desperate times,” the letter reads in part. “Our lives, our families, our churches, our communities and our nation reflect the ruinous effects of our sinful ways. To some degree we all have pursued the things of the world and stand guilty of worshipping the created, not the Creator.”

Basically, the time of prayer is for Christians to clean up their own act plus pray for revival, maybe another Great Awakening to impact American culture.

The idea of an assembly was approved in June 2010, but it’s taken nearly 18 months to organize it and publish materials that explain the need for it, Baptist Press says. There’s even instructions on how to lead such a gathering in your own church.

More liturgical churches use Lent, which begins March 9 this year, as a time of corporate repentance but non-liturgical bodies such as the SBC have made January into the new Lent, with a big emphasis on fasting. One of the best-known leaders of the new fasting movement is the Rev. Jentezen Franklin, a Gainesville, Fla., author of the 2007 book “Fasting” who explains that spending January before God in a prayer-repentance-fasting mode will harvest divine blessings during the next 11 months. You can bone up on this philosophy through his fasting blog.

Maybe the Baptists could expand their vision. Considering the tumult occurring this weekend in Egypt and around the Middle East, sounds like the entire world could use some prayer.

Do you agree that America is overdue for a time of prayer and repentance?

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  • areyousaying

    We need to pray to Jesus to protect us from his followers like these people.

  • paulhume

    The free exercise clause certainly gives any citizen or group of citizens the right to pray, or perform acts of penance, for any reason and pretty much any time they wish.Doesn’t mean I have to join in, listen, or pay any particular attention.

  • wiki-truth

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  • WmarkW

    When group like that meets to pray for us to change our sinful society, I always feel fortunate that at least they’re not doing anything that will have an effect.

  • eezmamata

    Let the southern baptists deal with their own sins first. Let them deal with the incredibly high rates of adultery, divorce, teen pregnancy, abortion, and meth addiction within their own culture, let them be “perfect” there, then maybe other people might pay attention.As it is, this is just more religious fanatics trying to tell other people how to live, more religious hypocrites who can’t even clean up their own house.A typical effort on their part to divert attention away from their own evil ways by concentrating attention on the so-called evil of other people not so infected with their religious delusions.

  • areyousaying

    Let’s pray Southern Baptists cure themselves of their blatant homophobia, racism and their addiction to the right-wing propaganda lies of Fox News.

  • itsthedax

    I’ll pass, thanks. After all, someone has to hang around and pick up all the empty clothing after they’re all raptured away.