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by ProfDave, ©2020

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(Sep. 24, 2020) — Many communities are involved in Ten Days of Prayer for our nation.  Saturday will be Franklin Graham’s Prayer March in Washington, DC.  Are you praying?  Many of us – and our country’s founders – believe that there is a Higher Power whose providence rules in the affairs of this world and orders us to pray for those in authority over us.  Even if you are skeptical of the effectiveness of prayer, it can’t hurt.  Regardless of your politics, our nation needs it.

Covid-19 is not going away any time soon.  Pray for mercy, for wisdom (from the president on down to the humblest child that needs to take precautions), for adaptation, for a cure and a vaccine, for those who are grieving and those who are in need.

The hatred and division in our society.  In a free country we are going to have diversity of opinion, party and worldview, but the hatred growing in the last decade is poisoning our land and destroying its fundamental institutions.  Hatred is always wrong, no matter what the excuse, and it will destroy our nation, whether racial, class, religion, morality, or of the president.  Our wounded cities need healing, not more conflict.

The election.  May God’s men and women win.  “Righteousness exalts a nation and sin is a disgrace to any people.”  Don’t stop with praying for the presidential race, but include the new justice for the Supreme Court, Congress, state and local officials.  The winners will need all the wisdom of Solomon to lead our nation in the way that is right.

Constitutional law, order and justice, from the top down.  There are peaceful ways to resolve problems, if we would have the patience and discipline to pursue them.

Moral and social disintegration is at the bottom of many of our problems: the failure of fathers to be faithful to their families, the failure of the family to teach right from wrong and respect for authority, the failure of education to positively socialize young people, the failure of society to uphold healthy values, and the elimination of God from the public square.

David W. Heughins (“ProfDave”) is Adjunct Professor of History at Nazarene Bible College.  He holds a BA from Eastern Nazarene College and a PhD in history from the University of Minnesota.  He is the author of Holiness in 12 Steps (2020).  He is a Vietnam veteran and is retired, living with his daughter and three grandchildren in Connecticut.”

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