Olinger looks at National Day of Prayer

Posted January 2, 2014 at 11:25 am


The United States of America has long been a nation that believes in a creative God who guides nations and people when they believe in him and ask his guidance.

April 17, 1952, President Harry Truman signed a bill proclaiming our National Day of Prayer into law. In 1988, President Ronald Regan set the first Thursday of May as our National Day of Prayer. This is a nationwide day of prayer and doesn’t dictate which God you pray to or what religious preference you may have. There is nothing said that the President should lead in this observance but as President he sets the example for our nation.

President Bush, the elder, held one observance in the White House during his four years in office. President Clinton held none and I can understand that as he does not seem to lean in the direction of religion. President George W. Bush the younger observed the day each year while he was President.

In 2007 Barack Obama declared that the United States of America was no longer a Christian Nation. Nothing was ever said as to where he found this information, perhaps it was in thin air as is so many of the statements he utters to his later disdain but that could have been the result of his early education in the Madras, a school he attended in Indonesia, as a youth when his mother was married to her second Muslim husband.

As President in 2009, Obama did not have a Day of Prayer in the White House as he didn’t want to offend anyone but on Sept. 25 from 4 a.m. to 7 p.m. he had a National Day of Prayer for the Muslim Religion held on Capitol Hill beside the White House where some 50 thousand Muslims attended. Evidently he didn’t care if he offended the Christian people and that should tell anyone with half a brain-cell in their head which way Obama’s wind is blowing.

I hear people say that even if you don’t like the President you should still respect the office he occupies, but in answer I think I will respect the office when I see him respect the office he holds. Many times when our National Anthem is playing and others around him are standing at attention with their right hand over their heart, Obama is holding both his hands crossed over his crotch. Perhaps that is the heart of our President.

Bud Olinger

El Dorado Springs