Last Friday, when I wrote a column calling for a national day of prayer and fasting this Sept. 11, I never expected to get such an overwhelming response.
I ended the column by saying: “Let me know if you’re on board.” As an afterthought, the commentary editor asked me if he should hotlink that line to my email address. I hadn’t thought about it, but I said “sure.”
Much to my surprise and delight, by 8 a.m. that morning, I had received nearly 1,000 enthusiastic responses – all of them saying they were on board. Many said they would get their churches and Bible study groups praying and fasting on Sept. 11 for the future of our country. The letters were universally thankful that someone was making this suggestion.
The emails reflected a deep frustration that America is rapidly deteriorating morally, spiritually, economically and is experiencing that “national malaise” familiar to those of us who lived through the late 1970s.
I had mentioned that our national predicament is, in many ways, as serious as anything we have experienced since World War II. Many commented that our situation is worse than what we faced in the Second World War, when American soldiers were dying by the hundreds of thousands and our country was still recovering from the Great Depression.
A frequent question asked was, “Why isn’t anyone else in public calling for this?”
Many readers also expressed the opinion that there’s nothing else left for us to do. Government is not responsive to the people. Too many Americans seem to be under a spell, oblivious to the cultural changes that are taking place at warp speed. Even more unresponsive to their concerns than government are the cultural institutions – media, first and foremost.
But, perhaps, the biggest surprise to me were the number of letters that suggested Sept. 11 is too far away – that somehow we might not make it until then.
Sept. 11, 2013, is less than five months away! And yet there is a visceral, gut feeling among many Americans that the crises we are experiencing are so grave, so overwhelming and so terminal, that we might not last as a nation another five months. They want to do something sooner.
First let me say that prayer and fasting is always a good thing. I would encourage it today, tomorrow, next week and next month by all means.
What I was hoping to trigger with this sincere and desperate plea was national action. My concern was that five months to mobilize millions to drop business as usual for a day, get on our collective knees and seek God’s forgiveness for turning away from Him was not enough time.
I’m both greatly encouraged and greatly alarmed by the amazing, unprecedented response to this simple suggestion.
I understand now that I am not alone in what I am feeling, which is great. But I suspect many are feeling it even more deeply and desperately than me.
I’ve been writing a daily column in WND for nearly 15 years. Rarely have I seen a column strike a chord like this one did.
I’m not a preacher. I’m just a newsman and businessman. I’m not a prophet. I’m just an observer of events and trends with a public platform. I’m not a strategist or a spiritual leader. I’m just an ordinary believer.
So where are the preachers? Where are the prophets? Where are the strategists and organizers and spiritual leaders?
Will they join us in this call? Will they recognize that only God can save us from the predicament we have created for ourselves and our nation? Will millions of Americans remember in September?