The Lawsuit Against Inaugural Prayer

A federal judge today refused to issue an injunction against religious references in next week’s inauguration, as the plantiffs (including Michael Newdow, the [where else?] Californian atheist who sued to have “in God we trust” removed from the pledge) were hoping. A short blurb on the story can be found on the Washington Post’s Web site.

Anyone think it was the wrong call? Is it a good thing to allow prayer in the inauguration a good thing, or does it blur the necessary line between church and state?

One of the comments on the Post’s site caught my eye: “Why do atheists think their lack of belief in God trumps free speech ? If they are so offended by the mention of God, hit the MUTE button on their TV’s. They have gone too far to eliminate God from our lives, why don’t they just move to a godless country, there are plenty to choose from.”

My problem with this quote? First, the “move to a godless country” comment (wrongly) assumes that the United States is a country that loves God. Second, if God isn’t in your life (or rather, if He’s not the chief end and desire of your life), then it’s no one’s fault but your own.

UPDATE: My third objection to this quote: If you’re a true follower in Christ, you should be praying that anyone who doesn’t believe what you believe moves next door, not to another country, so they can hear and see the gospel through your words, life, and love.

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2 thoughts on “The Lawsuit Against Inaugural Prayer

  1. EDGE January 21, 2009 / 4:28 pm

    “First, the “move to a godless country” comment (wrongly) assumes that the United States is a country that loves God.”

    I couldn’t agree with you more. IMO, the US has is now in the last stages of becoming what Europe is now…Godless.

    I believe God is very loving and when we ask for Him to stay out of our government, our schools, our relationships, and our lives He is more than willing to do so.

    However, He is also more than willing to take us back no matter what…this is still a hard concept for many (including yours truly) to understand…but I am grateful.

    I agree that we should pray for those who do not know Christ no matter where they live…”Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,” Matthew 28:19. Again, I fall short of this task.

    This country was founded on Judeo-Christian values…this is a fact. Islam, Atheism, ect. weren’t even a thought at that time in US history.

    For the most part these values have built a wonderful country. Our country (through these values)recognized evil (slavery, fascism, communism, terrorism) and was/is willing to defeat them. Why aren’t other societies/countries that do not have these Judeo-Christian values unwilling to fight these same evils? Where is China fighting terror? Where is North Korea fighting slavery? Where is Russia fighting communism? They aren’t. We are…at least for now.

    Perhaps Christ is asking the same thing of us. Why are you afraid to stand up for Me? Why do you make laws that block Me? Why do you tell your children you cannot mention My Name in your schools? Have I disappointed you? Do you not see what We’ve built together?

    Certainly Christ does not need these things to continue His work…right?

    There is no easy answer of course. Perhaps, the real question should be “Are you a Christian or an American first?” That should be an interesting debate for your blog and your readers.

  2. solacharis January 21, 2009 / 4:37 pm

    When you wrote “Why do you make laws that block Me,” it should be noted that the church seems to flourish in societies where these laws are present. By flourish, I don’t mean by attendance, but by a love and devotion for Christ. Faith in Jesus doesn’t get muddled with some type of civil religion and a belief that because you belong to a certain country, you automatically are a part of that faith.

    Hopefully I have other readers to debate with 🙂

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