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This Tuesday's forecast called for yet another week of bone dry weather for the Southeastern United States. Since American Vision's headquarters are just 30 miles west of Atlanta, the continual lack of rain has hit really close to home. North Georgia's main source of drinking water, Lake Lanier, has dropped more than 17 feet below normal during our 20-month drought.
Despite the bleak outlook on Tuesday, the weather made a dramatic and unexpected turn on Wednesday. A cold front stretching from Alabama to southern Pennsylvania swept across the east bringing several Thunderstorms and desperately needed rain to the Southeast. Why such a sudden change in the forecast? I believe God was answering a specific and public prayer.
This prayer was offered by Georgians and their Governor, Sonnie Purdue. Hundreds joined the Governor as he lifted up prayers for rain at the State Capital in Atlanta this past Tuesday. Thankfully, the forecast changed in less than 24 hours and the rain came Wednesday evening.
"We do believe in miracles. We do believe that you are the miracle creator... Thank you Lord, for the rain to come."
When I heard that the governor had called a prayer vigil for rain, I stayed tuned to the news to watch for any change in the weather. I lifted up a simple prayer to the Lord that evening asking Him to demonstrate His power and to show America that He is sovereign over all. The next morning the radio announcers on 94.9 FM WUBL mentioned that God was answering prayer and rain was now in the forecast. Later that evening we incorporated the WeatherChannel.com into our family worship. I took this rare opportunity to show my children the radar maps and teach them that God answers prayer. While I was teaching, you could hear the rain begin to pound the roof of our house. It was an event that we will never forget.
There's no doubt that we need much more rain. And I believe God will send us that rain when we humble ourselves and begin to rely on Him once again. America has forgotten her providential history and has forsaken God's Law. God is reminding us that He is sovereign and that He alone must be worshipped and obeyed.
Remarkably, there were 20 atheists and/or agnostics who protested the Governor's prayer on Tuesday. One of these protestors was Dr. Ed Buckner—Southern Director for the Council for Secular Humanism. Dr. Buckner stated:
"My public leader is making a fool of himself and acting as though all the people of Georgia agree with this foolishness."
"Fool" and "foolishness?" These are strong words, Dr. Buckner. Skeptics everywhere were calling the Governor's prayer vigil an embarrassment. I wonder how uncomfortable these unbelievers became as the weather forecast changed and the rain came? Who are the fools now? Psalm 14:1 states, “The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.”
Besides accusing the Governor of foolishness, Dr. Buckner and his friends believe that Governor Purdue's actions were illegal. Once again, the extreme Left is appealing to the mythical law of "Separation of Church and State," while turning a blind eye to the startling clarity of the First Amendment:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
The First Amendment is limiting the Federal Government's power over the States to establish or exercise their freedom of religion. Furthermore, the Preamble to Constitution of the State of Georgia reads,
To perpetuate the principles of free government, insure justice to all, preserve peace,
promote the interest and happiness of the citizen and of the family, and transmit to posterity the enjoyment of liberty, we the people of Georgia, relying upon the protection and guidance of Almighty God, do ordain and establish this Constitution.
Since our State Constitution calls Georgians to rely upon the protection and guidance of Almighty God, there's nothing illegal about Governor Purdue's prayer. If only the Left would hold Hillary Clinton to the same standards they hold conservatives. Mrs. Clinton spoke in 27 different New York churches while campaigning for a seat in the US Senate in 2000—something they would never let conservatives get away with.
Actually, those of us at American Vision are quite familiar with Dr. Buckner's religious beliefs. He graciously agreed to debate Bill Federer at our first annual Worldview Super Conference in 2006 over the topic of America's Christian heritage.
I encourage you to check out a special site we have set up to refute atheism—www.FoolsHeart.com. You'll be able to watch a two-minute commercial we created to challenge atheism and read an Apologetics blog by our adjunct author and speaker, Joel McDurmon.