Prayer Targets: Noah Webster; Scalia & the Elections; Sen. Mitch McConnell; Voter Guide & More
February 24, 2016
The God of Israel said, the Rock of Israel spoke to me, He that ruleth over men must be just, ruling in the fear of God. 2 Samuel 23:3
Noah Webster (1758-1843), whom some refer to as the "Father of American Education," helped formalize our common American language. His "blue-backed speller" taught children grammar, reading, and spelling for 100 years. He is best known for the first American Dictionary, updated, expanded and used even today. From Noah Webster:
When the fundamental principles of government or our holy religion are assaulted, good men must unite to defend them… A republican form of government is evidently the most rational form that men have devised for the protection of person and property, and for securing liberty. But hitherto no means have been devised to guard this form of government from abuse and corruption. Men in republics are as wicked, and as selfish as in monarchies, and with far more power to introduce disorders, both into legislation and into the administration of the laws. In republics, the influence of selfish and ambitious men over the weak, the ignorant and unsuspecting, has its full range of operation; and sooner or later, this influence will place in office incompetent men, or men who will sacrifice principle to personal emolument or aggrandizement. The corruption of the electors is the first step towards the ruin of republics; and when the sources of power are corrupted, the evil hardly admits of a remedy…
When the sober, industrious citizen, who, by his toil and economy, collects a moderate estate, brings up a family in good habits, and pays his taxes to government, finds that his property and virtue give him no influence or advantage as a member of the government, over the idle penniless lounger, who earns little and spends that little in vice, paying nothing to government, what attachment can this good citizen feel to the government? What confidence can he place in its administration? What expectation can he entertain of its durability? And what sort of government is that in which the owners of the country do not govern it? …
In selecting men for office, let principle be your guide. Regard not the particular sect or denomination of the candidate — look to his character as a man of known principle, of tried integrity, and undoubted ability for the office.
It is alleged by men of loose principles, or defective views of the subject, that religion and morality are not necessary or important qualifications for political stations. But the Scriptures teach a different doctrine. They direct that rulers should be men who rule in the fear of God, able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness. But if we had no divine instruction on the subject, our own interest would demand of us a strict observance of the principle of these injunctions. And it is to the neglect of this rule of conduct in our citizens, that we must ascribe the multiplied frauds, breaches of trust, peculations and embezzlements of public property which astonish even ourselves; which tarnish the character of our country; which disgrace a republican government; and tend to reconcile men to monarchy in other countries and even in our own.
When a citizen gives his suffrage [vote] to a man of known immorality, he abuses his trust; he sacrifices not only his own interest, but that of his neighbor; he betrays the interest of his country. Nor is it of slight importance, that men elected to office should be able men, men of talents equal to their stations, men of mature age, experience, and judgement; men of firmness and impartiality. This is particularly true with regard to men who constitute tribunals of justice [judges] - the main bulwark of our rights — the citadel that maintains the last struggle of freedom against the inroads of corruption and tyranny. In this citadel should be stationed no raw, inexperienced soldier, no weak temporizing defender, who will obsequiously bend to power, or parley with corruption… (Webster: Letters to a Young Gentleman Commencing his Education, Letter#1, 1823).
Scalia’s Seat and the Elections – With Justice Scalia’s untimely passing, a fight will rage over whether lame-duck President Barack Obama or a new president elected this November, will choose a replacement for the justice who epitomized fidelity to the Constitution. Webster called judges, “the main bulwark of our rights — the citadel that maintains the last struggle of freedom against the inroads of corruption and tyranny. In this citadel should be stationed no raw, inexperienced soldier, no weak temporizing defender, who will obsequiously bend to power, or parley with corruption.” Even with Scalia alive, the court profanely redefined the sacred institution of marriage. Appointing one more liberal-progressive judge would be President Obama’s crowning achievement, so tipping the Court’s balance as to empower a lawless majority to complete his dream to fundamentally transform America. Past cases decided by a 5-4, one vote margin include: protecting prayer, religious liberty, ban on partial birth abortion, 2nd amendment rights, etc., could be reversed. The left-leaning court would essentially nullify the meaning of the Constitution.
The November Election will truly be the “Valley of Decision” for the American people. The next President will choose not just one, but most likely two or three new justices. If the next president is not a person who truly “fears God,” and will not “obsequiously bend to power or parley with corruption,” nor appoint judges and justices who do likewise, our children are in grave danger (see Scalia & the Future of the Homosexual Agenda; Chief Justice Roy Moore; Iowa Court).
- May God’s people repent of sin and everything that has offended God that will prevent Him from granting revival, awakening, and turning the cultural tide. May Christians arise, pray and exercise their responsibility as citizens in a way unprecedented in modern times, not just to vote, but to support candidates who truly fear the God of the Bible. May God give us discernment to coalesce around candidates of His choosing. May Christians and a strong majority of Americans turn away from candidates who do not honor Him and the Constitution. May He shine the light of truth upon every campaign! May God have mercy; save America, and draw us back to Him! (Pr 1:20-33; Ps 75:5-7; Is 58:12; Hab 3:2; Lk 1:68-75; Acts 24:16; Gal 5:14-15; 1 Jn 3:10; 4:7-8)
Sen. Mitch McConnell’s Leadership – Conservatives have been disappointed in Congress in general over the past few years, but with the leaders of both Houses in particular. Yet Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has an opportunity to help stave off the liberal-progressive agenda prosecuted by President Obama. With respect to the future of America’s “Tribunal of Justice,” the election of a conservative president is paramount but so is Mitch McConnell’s steadfast fidelity to his promise not to give Senate consideration to any Obama nominee given his status as a “lame duck.” The unity of the GOP majority in the face of this threat is vital. It would require fourteen Senate Republicans to join 46 Democrats and 2 Independents to approve an Obama nominee to the court. So far, 31 of the GOP senators have ruled out voting for a replacement for Scalia this year, leaving 23 who have not declared. Some less conservative GOP senators who could use extra prayer are Susan Collins (ME), Jeff Flake (AZ), Dean Heller (NV), Mark Kirk (IL), Lisa Murkowski (AK), Thom Tillis (NC) (see Senate GOP Challenge, Biden’s Quotes).
- May God give firmness and determination to Sen. Mitch McConnell and all 54 Republican U.S. Senators. May God have mercy upon our nation and give us a strong president who will put God back into public life, bring the optimism of faith back to America, reverse the lawless policies of the current regime, and appoint godly justices to replace Scalia and others during his tenure. May he give us justices who will reaffirm the Constitution. May God’s people be delivered of fear, anger and discouragement and grow strong in faith - faith to do exploits during this election year! (Lev 5:4; Dan 11:32; Ps 78:8, 37; Ps 107:2; Rom 1:16-18; 2Th 2:7; Jas 1:5-8; 1 Jn 3:3-5)
Finally, FRC Action has released a new, 501(c) 3 IRS compliant Presidential Voter Guide for Churches and Christian organizations to distribute. Make sure you forward the link and encourage your friends to pray, vote and to urge others to do so. You can also print, copy and distribute copies at church (with your pastor’s permission) and other community groups. Please continue to pray for Decision America 50 State Tour, the Annual Vero Beach Prayer Breakfast March 3rd, the Pastors Awakening Summit, March 4th, and the annual Awakening 2016, March 5th, The National Day of Prayer May 5th, UnitedCry DC16, April 9th, the Collegiate Day of Prayer tomorrow, and Call2Fall on July 3rd. Please take time to share the Prayer Targets, posted on the Call2Fall FB page, with your FB friends. Use your likes and comments and shares to help us multiply awareness, prayer, commitment and excitement about Call2Fall in advance of July 3, 2016. And thank you for praying!