Family Research Council

Prayer Targets: Veterans Day, GW & Military Faith, Billy Graham, Prayer Case, Obamacare


November 06, 2013

From Issachar [came] men who understood the times and knew what Israel should do...chiefs, with all their relatives under their command; from Zebulun, experienced soldiers prepared for battle with every type of weapon, to help David with undivided loyalty... 2 Chronicles 12:32-33

Dear Praying Friends,

With Veterans Day in mind, I scoured the Internet to find "The Religion of George Washington," a "Bicentennial Report," written by Chaplain Edwin D. Davis (Col. USAF, 1929-2008). His powerful article appeared in the July/August 1976 edition of Air University Review. It was posted on AU's site until October this year. I found it in Google's cache. Given the USAF's growing repression of Christian faith, the report on Washington's faith is a study in contrast. Some excerpts:

There is ample evidence to show that religious faith was a deeply significant force in the life of the general who became our first President... For him it was a subject of demonstrated interest and public expression. As General of the Army he showed clearly that religious faith and military command can be joined. Indeed, for him there was a vital connection between the two.

Washington recognized the need for religion in the military and demanded chaplains for his troops. Roy J. Honeywell's History of the Chaplaincy of the United States Army traces the federal chaplaincy in this country from legislation enacted by the Continental Congress on 29 July 1775 in response to Washington's request that chaplains be provided for the Continental Army.Then, the chaplain's corps was augmented as a result of Washington's general orders of 9 July 1776, when the Army was quartered in New York City. These orders directed that:

"The Colonels or commanding officers of each regiment are directed to procure for chaplains... persons of good character and exemplary lives. To see that all inferior officers and soldiers pay them a suitable respect and attend carefully upon religions exercises. The blessing and protection of Heaven are at all times necessary but especially so in times of public distress and danger. The General hopes and trusts, that every officer and man will endeavor so to live, and act, as becomes a Christian Soldier defending the dearest rights and Liberties of his country."

On the day these orders were issued, Washington had received from Philadelphia the resolution of the Congress declaring that "the United States of America" were "free and independent . . . and absolved from all allegiance to the British crown." So it was in the same orders which increased the chaplain's corps that Washington informed his troops of the Declaration of Independence...He wrote, the General hopes that this important event will serve as a fresh incentive to every officer and soldier to act with fidelity and courage, as knowing that now the peace and safety of this country depends, under God, solely on the success of our arms...

When Washington ordered a detachment to move against Catholic Quebec, he charged his mostly Protestant soldiers:

The success of this enterprise, under God, depends wholly upon the spirit with which it is pushed...As the contempt of the religion of a country by ridiculing any of its ceremonies, or affronting its ministers or votaries, has been deeply resented, you are to be particularly careful to restrain every officer and soldier from such imprudence and folly, and to punish every instance of it. On the other hand, as far as lies in your power, you are to protect and support the free exercise of the religion of the country, and the undisturbed enjoyment of the rights of conscience in religious matters, with your utmost influence and authority...

Washington demanded respect for the religious faith even of our military adversaries. Yet today, our own troops who share Washington's faith have been identified by functionaries and the military hierarchy as threats to our nation. May God help the United States of America!

Veterans Day 2013 and Christians in the Military - On November 11, 1918, a truce between the Allies and the Germans ended WWI. Congress made "Armistice Day" a federal holiday. After World War II, public demand motivated Congress and President Dwight D. Eisenhower to rename it as "Veterans Day," for the purpose of honoring all veterans, past and present.

How should we honor our veterans knowing that a no-longer secret war is being waged against our Christian servicemen and women by the Obama administration and compliant senior officers in the military? A strange coalition of secularist activists and the forces of political correctness are fueling this war. Christian servicemen are being restrained, intimidated, and silenced. Christians are especially being required to violate their religious faith and conscience. Even Chaplains are being gagged; some forced to choose between their careers and faithfulness to Christ and their calling to preach the whole counsel of God.

The repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell has had many negative effects, chief among these has been new restraints on religious liberty. The new policy has enfeebled many of our military leaders, sapping their moral and spiritual strength while empowering others who favor it. Liberal policy makers in Washington, exercising unprecedented power over our uniformed experts, are turning things upside down. Outside groups have waged an all-out campaign both to silence Christian servicemen and to scrub the services of every inscription, motto, memento, document, memory and tradition from our military's long Christian heritage. In this atmosphere, God-fearing men and women are choosing to retire, and our best candidates for military leaders are choosing other careers.

George Washington knew that Christian faith is our nation's and our servicemen's greatest asset as they risk their lives to protect the American people and preserve our liberty.

FRC is asking believers everywhere to: 1) honor and pray for service members, especially those who are being discriminated against for living out their faith; 2) Contact Congress and urge them to support existing amendments to the FY 2014 National Defense Authorization Act that buttress conscience and religious liberty protections for our men and women in uniform; 3) Spread the word about MilitaryFreedom.org, which provides an anonymous, confidential form for those seeking to report religious liberty violations and to obtain legal advice.

FRC has developed a website and resources to help believers and churches to support our troops with prayer and action: Visit MilitaryFreedom.org; Download Clear and Present Danger Brochure, Clear and Present Danger Video, Church Bulletin Inserts.

  • May God awaken His church to what is happening in our military, and to realize the implications for our entire society! May Gods people exercise their rights as Citizens to turn the tide in the military. May God send another Great Awakening that transforms our military troops and those in all the cultural spheres that shape our nation! 2 Sam 23:14-29; 2 Kg 5:1; Ps 35:7, 9-13; 69:4-9; 119:126; Is 9:15-16; 64:1-5; Mt 5:10; 8:5-10; Acts 10:1-48; Rom 13:7; Eph 5:6-14)

Finally, please pray over these matters: Beginning tomorrow night (Thursday, November 7th), Dr. Billy Graham's My Hope America Campaign will commence with a special broadcast. This morning, the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments in the case of Town of Greece v. Galloway. Ken Klukowski, J.D., Director of FRC's Center for Religious Liberty, was there. He filed an Amicus Brief in January on behalf of 49 Members of Congress, and a second in August on behalf of 85 members. Ken says this case, about the right of this Town Council to open its meeting with prayer, is the most important religious liberty case in decades and could positively modify the way the Court examines such cases. Obamacare is finally getting the kind of scrutiny from the public that it has needed all along (see When Fraud is Legal). God is hearing our prayers! As always, thank you for praying!