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In response to my May Day critics
Posted By Janet Porter On 05/11/2010 @ 12:00 am In Commentary | Comments Disabled
On May the first we gathered at the Lincoln Memorial to repent for the sins of our nation. Some people didn’t like that “May Day” was held at the Lincoln Memorial; we did it anyway. Some didn’t think we should repent for the sins of our nation, but like Daniel and Nehemiah, we did it anyway.
Some think we should pray only with those who agree with us 100 percent. That’s not what our Founding Fathers believed as they prayed together at the first Continental Congress with people across denominational lines at the birth of this great nation. I think that was a good thing. So was May Day.
Some didn’t like that we prayed over the primary areas of influence outlined by Dr. Bill Bright of Campus Crusade for Christ: Family, Education, the Church, Business, Arts and Entertainment, Business, and the Media. They claim that these areas of influence aren’t “in the Bible.” Neither is the state of Nebraska, but we prayed for it, anyway, and the other 49 states, as well. And I think that was a good thing.
Then there’s the accusation that some who were there believe in “dominion theology,” which, I’m told, wants a theocracy to rule the world. Not what I believe; not even close. We who attended May Day just want to obey God in every area of influence and use our freedom to spread the Gospel. If you do an Internet search on D. James Kennedy, Jerry Falwell, or Charles Stanley with Dominionism, you’ll see the same type of accusations were repeatedly made against them, too.
If people have a problem with being salt and light in a dark and decaying culture, they have a problem with Jesus who said if you love Him, you’ll keep His commandments.
We were even getting calls asking if I “denied the Trinity.” Are you kidding me? I would die before denying the Trinity.
If you’ve read the paper or have had a glance at the legislation that has just become law, you know that our nation is in peril. And when we find ourselves in peril, God has told us what to do (2 Chronicles 7:14): humble ourselves, pray, seek God’s face and turn from our wicked ways. It’s what Nineveh did when they had just over a month before they would be destroyed. They humbled themselves and fasted. They repented and prayed. They didn’t say, “You can’t repent with us because we don’t agree on everything.” No, they all just repented. God was pleased, and they were spared from the judgment they deserved. That’s a pretty good precedent.
The bottom line is our nation is on fire and our freedoms are burning right along with it. And yet, instead of putting out the fire, many want to turn the water hoses on each other. And then they’ll all wonder what happened when the freedom to spread the Gospel is nothing but a charred memory.
I’m not going to prevent the firemen from putting out the fire because they don’t have the “right uniform.” My primary concern is whether or not they have a hose. That is not to say we are compromising on the basics of the Bible: That hose needs to be filled with water, not with gasoline. But, if we want anything left of our freedoms and our nation, we had better start working together.
Rest assured May Day was all about repentance, and the one we sought to please was God. I don’t know if it was enough for God to hear from heaven and to forgive and heal us. But I know that as God looked down on those who spent eight hours repenting of our sins, he saw people fasting, weeping, even going without sleep – like the churches on the West Coast and churches in Alaska that opened their doors at 2:10 a.m. to join us online through the American Family Association’s Web streaming and God TV’s broadcast to a potential 500 million others.
I’ve posted my official statement in response to some of the accusations at www.f2a.org that should clarify exactly where I stand. Here’s an excerpt from it:
Janet Porter and Faith2Action remain steadfast in the belief that the Bible is the infallible word of God, Jesus Christ is the Son of God, and the second person of the Trinity, whose death and resurrection provide the sole means of salvation and a relationship with God the Father.
May Day was a day of repentance at the Lincoln Memorial for our sins and the sins of our nation – in all 50 states and in every area of influence. The name of Jesus was lifted high, the Gospel was proclaimed, and many people were saved.
I learned an important lesson from my friend and mentor, Dr. D. James Kennedy when he first hired me to be the National Director of his Center for Reclaiming America. I told him that he shouldn’t hire me since I didn’t agree with him on everything – I wasn’t a “five-point Calvinist.” His response was one I never forgot; he said: “Janet, we agree on the ‘main things,’” and he hired me that day. (Read the rest.)
My friend Gary Glenn once told me, “Never fail to do the right thing for fear the opposition will attack you in response. The other side can and will attack you anyway, at a time of their own choosing, rather than yours, regardless of whether you act.” I believe this is also true of those who would attack us “from our own side.” I wrote about this in my book, “The Criminalization of Christianity.” While some have called it prophetic, make no mistake; I never referred to myself as a prophet, just a Christian who wants the freedom to practice my beliefs. And the more we fight among ourselves the less likely that becomes.
Keep picking apart the uniforms if you’d like, I’m going back to fighting the fire.
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