Lawmakers sounding call for prayer

Posted April 20, 2015

This is an image of God as shown in "Creation of Adam," a fresco painting by Michelangelo, which forms part of the Sistine Chapel's ceiling.

— ​Sen. Norman Sanderson, R-Pamlico, and 10 other legislative colleagues are rounding up signatures for a "call to prayer for America" from fellow lawmakers, hoping to start a national movement.

"I don't think there's ever been a time in our nation's history when we have had to face some of the problems and situations we face today," Sanderson told his colleagues Monday night. "Whether it's from threats from outside our nation, and yes, even threats inside of our nation, our nation is at a critical time in its history, and I think that it is a very opportune time to call our nation to prayer to pray for wisdom that we make the right decision."

Sanderson said the idea came from a March 7 religious liberty summit held in Charlotte under the auspices of the Congressional Prayer Caucus Foundation.

"The consensus among those in attendance was that people of faith can no longer sit idly by and watch as our nation's history and Judeo-Christian heritage are being re-written with a false narrative," according to a handout that Sanderson passed out to his colleagues. The formal resolution says that those in Charlotte "realized the need for America to turn back to God and prayer."

Rep. Bert Jones, R-Rockingham, handed the same material out and made a similar announcement in the state House. Members of the legislature's prayer caucus will be gathering signatures all week, the men said.

Asked what issue he thought should be the focus of the prayer, Sanderson said there were several.

"One of the greatest threats facing our nation right now is our level of debt," he said. "I don't know you could list all the things our nation is facing right now. There's just many."

This would not be an official resolution. Rather it would be a call from state and national leaders that Sanderson said he hoped would be taken to the people by preachers throughout the state and nation.


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  • Sammy Macloud Apr 21, 2015
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    agree with ALL the comments and can add nothing better.....except these jokers are frightening

  • Mike Jones Apr 21, 2015
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    Keep your false gods out of my government

  • Ty Rammstein Apr 21, 2015
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    lets just declare Christian sharia law and give the christian right what they really want...a nation that obeys their idea of right and wrong and has zero tolerance for variations. lets remember the GOP is the group that wanted to declare Christianity the official state religion.

  • Sam Nada Apr 21, 2015
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    When you've reached the point where you have zero idea what to do to solve your problems, the very last resort when all other hope is lost, you do what? Yep. Here we have these GOP nitwits coming up with their best, considered response to the problems of the world. I wish there were a god to protect us from its believers.

  • Carol Smith Apr 21, 2015
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    One of the greatest threats to this country are the Republicans!!!!

  • Paul Maxwell Apr 21, 2015
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    Uh, well. Hmmm. A call to prayer. OK, how many times a day? What direction do we face? Do I have to wear a hat? Who's gonna pay for all those towers? Inquiring minds want to know...