Why Liberals Like the National Day of Prayer

Today is the National Day of Prayer. Too many folks will go home after the event and feel good about participating and wait for God to do something based on their prayers. It doesn’t always work like that. In fact, a case could be made that it almost never works like that.

Liberals know that actions bring about change. They know they are outnumbered by Christians. They also know that millions of Christians do not participate politically. And for Christian inaction, liberals are thankful.

There are times when God calls on His people to stop praying and act (Joshua 7:11). If after this year’s National Day of Prayer the participants don’t act, it will be for nothing.

This year’s honorary chairman of the National Day of Prayer is Greg Laurie. He writes: “I think the answers to our deepest needs as a nation are spiritual, not political.” I agree, but there is still a political component just like there are family, church, business, educational, legal, and economic components.

Pastor Laurie believes we need “revival.” Again, I agree. Then what? What should the revived people do once they’re revived? Please give particulars.

Pastor Laurie quotes Sociologist Robert Nisbet:

“The ideologies which gained entry into the academy in the ’60s claim that fundamental intellectual principles of Western culture were illegitimate and must be overthrown. And with that we destroyed terms like truth, good, and evil.”1

How did this happen? Because millions of Christians in the 20th century did not believe education was important or that facts were neutral and anybody could teach them objectively.

For too long Christians have neglected the so-called non-spiritual areas of life because they were taught the following as biblical truth:

  • Politics is dirty.
  • Politics is all about compromise.
  • Christians should be neutral.
  • Jesus was not a social reformer.
  • There’s a separation between church and state.
  • We’re not supposed to judge.
  • Our citizenship is in heaven.
  • We can’t impose our morality on other people (while the immorality of other people’s morality is imposed on us).
  • Satan is in control of this world.
  • We’re living in the last days.

I appreciate Pastor Laurie’s comments, but they’re schizophrenic, and liberals know it. He continues to maintain that we’re living in the last days. He taught a series to his large congregation on the book of Revelation called “Revelation: The Next Dimension” in which he stated, “We have never been closer to the end of the world than right now.” We’ve been hearing predictions about the end for nearly 2000 years. This is the 25th anniversary of the claim that the end was to take place by 1988.2

In 2005, he wrote an article claiming that Hurricane Katrina was a sign of the last days:

“I had the opportunity to be a guest on ‘Larry King Live’ in August [of 2005], and a caller directed a question to me about what is happening in our world today. I was asked if we are, indeed, seeing signs of the times, predicted in the Bible, reminding us that the coming of Christ is near. I told her, ‘I believe that we are.’ And Larry pointedly said to me, ‘It’s been 2005 years’! And I responded, ‘Yes, and we are 2005 years closer’! We have never been closer to the return of Jesus Christ to the Earth than we are right now. So, what are we to do?3

 That’s the question: “So, what are we to do?”

If we’re living in the last days, then how can Christians expect to implement what Laurie calls a “Christian worldview”?

  1. Quoted in Cal Thomas, The Things That Matter Most (New York: HarperCollins, 1994), 6. []
  2. Hal Lindsey made this claim in his 1970 mega-bestseller The Late Great Planet Earth. Chuck Smith of Calvary Chapel was even more dogmatic. []
  3. Greg Laurie, “Hurricane Katrina: A Sign of the Last Days?” (September 5, 2005). []