NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER: MIX FAITH WITH HATE BILL
By Rev. Ted Pike
1 May 09
In 1980 my father, Rev. Claude G. Pike, having borne the
heaviest spiritual burden for America during nearly a half century
of liberalism, was overjoyed with the election of Pres. Ronald Reagan.
He and my mother, Hilda Mignon Pike, were pioneer Christian/conservative
leaders, mixing religion with politics after the fall of China to communism
in 1949. They knew that, unless Christians mobilized through faith
resulting in action, the worldwide scourge of secular liberalism and
Marxism would someday overwhelm America as well.
Yet, delighted as they were with the ascendance of Christian values,
there was something missing in the Reagan revolution -- the National
Day of Prayer. It had been established in 1775 by Gen. George Washington
during the depth of America's struggle for independence but was now,
for all practical purposes, forgotten.
My father became concerned that it be revived -- not just in celebration
of revival of Christian values but to fulfill its original intention,
as an encouragement in time of threat for all Americans of faith to
look to their Creator for national deliverance.
With this goal in mind, my father conceived an ambitious plan: to
fly our restored 1929 Bellanca monoplane (the same type that first
flew the Pacific in 1931) around America on a publicity tour to promote
revival of this forgotten national observance.
During the summer of 1980 my father, brother, and I embarked on a
huge aerial loop across America, from Portland, Oregon nearly to New
York, through the South and back up the Pacific coast from Los Angeles.
Through a rock-concert sound system, blasting through a megaphone on
the plane's belly, and a huge aerial banner trailing behind, we proclaimed
over towns, cities, conservative gatherings, etc., "Pray for America!" On
the ground, we gathered many thousands of signatures on petitions to
the President, asking him to revive the National Day of Prayer. Out
of a host of contacts from coast to coast was created the National
Prayer Network, a Christian/conservative watchdog group dedicated to
always telling the whole truth and sounding alerts the moment danger
In short, my father was able to generate a national movement of which
the President did take notice. Invited to the White House with other
major conservative leaders, he witnessed Pres. Reagan's signing of
the reestablished National Day of Prayer on February 6, 1982. It was
to be observed every first Thursday in May.
The revived National Day of Prayer has now been nationally participated
in by millions of Christians and tens of thousands of churches at least
26 times under circumstances of relatively modest threat. But now,
as with Washington at Valley Forge, Christian America will be observing
it this Thursday under the very greatest threat -- the imminent passage
of a federal hate crimes bill designed to initiate persecution of Christians
and end free speech. It will also elevate to a status of special federal
protection the vilest members of humanity, sodomites and pedophiles.
Because of these extraordinary circumstances, observation this year
must be very different than in years preceding. It must combine the
soberest unification of repentance, faith, and entreaty for divine
deliverance with the most intelligent and focused political action.
As an heir of the man most responsible (next to Pres. Reagan) for
resurrecting the National Day of Prayer, I hope religious leaders will
honor my call that right now they organize within their churches a
spiritual/political equivalent of the massive IRS "tea party" protests
of two weeks ago.
Here's what I believe we should do:
1. Christian laity should inform their pastors (and other pastors
in their area) of the hate bill threat. The quickest way is to
have them watch my latest 10-minute video "Stop the Pedophile-Protecting
Hate Bill!" at www.truthtellers.org. Encourage them to also
read our latest articles.
2. From the pulpit this Sunday, pastors should thoroughly inform their
congregants of this crisis. They should schedule gatherings in their
church throughout the first week of May for the purpose of intensive
prayer and action.
3. Prepared with the list of all U.S. Senators from the action page
at www.truthtellers.org and with every person bringing their cell
phone, Christians should conduct "prayer and phoning" meetings.
These should consist not just of prayer or of phoning. Rather,
like the returning Jews who battled intense opposition to rebuild
the walls of Jerusalem under Nehemiah (Neh. 4:16), some will wield
a sword (prayer and faith) while others use a trowel (action). Callers
must inundate the Senate throughout next week, restraining Democrats
in their determination to push the Senate hate bill through as quickly
as they did in the House last week.
Moment Of Destiny
The National Day of Prayer was designed by Pres. Washington, and
its revival envisioned by my father, to serve both good times and bad.
With pro-homosexual Democrats ruling the nation, we are now definitely
in a bad time and a bad way. The same number of Christians and their
young people who might this week gather by the tens of thousands in "Christian
rock concerts" across America as well as other amusements should
cancel those events. Instead, they should gather in our churches in
what Gen. Washington called national "humiliation, fasting and
prayer" in penance for how the church has allowed evil to achieve
national dominance, praying that God will stay His righteous judgment
upon our land.
We need to hear all across America the mixed murmur of millions of
Christian voices, some entreating, "Lord save us!" and an
equal number dialing 1-877-851-6437 toll free or 1-202-225-3121 toll,
saying: "Please don't vote for Sen. Kennedy's pedophile-protecting
hate bill, S. 909."
If we respond as we should, the incense of prayer mixed with the
hushed staccato of cell phones dialing and voices protesting to the
Senate will arise as a "sweet-smelling savor" to the God
who gave us our freedom. In this time of gravest national peril, it
will be more pleasing in His ears than any hymn.
Watch the dynamic 10-minute educational video How to Kill the
Hate Bills at www.truthtellers.org which
explains how the hate bill, S.909, ends freedom.
Please tell the offices of members of Congress to watch it! Also
at www.truthtellers.org, watch our gripping 82-minute documentary Hate
Laws: Making Criminals of Christians.
Let the Anti-Defamation League teach you how they have saddled 45 states with
hate laws capable of persecuting Christians, and spearhead attempts to pass the
federal hate crimes bill: http://www.adl.org/99hatecrime/intro.asp.
TALK SHOW HOSTS: Interview Rev. Ted Pike on this subject. Call
National Prayer Network, P.O. Box 828, Clackamas,