As a member of the O’Fallon Board of Aldermen in 1994, I attended the National League of Cities Convention. In one of the meetings, the speaker asked for a show of hands if we start our meetings in our own cities with an invocation. I couldn’t raise my hand because we didn’t in O’Fallon. The speaker went on to inform us that this is a good practice and perfectly legal.
I came home, walked into the office of my City Administrator and expressed my desire to have an invocation at the beginning of our board meetings. He laughed and told me he didn’t know whom we would get to do it.
I went to the next police chaplains’ meeting and told them my city administrator said none of them would be interested in spending time it would take to come up to our City Hall and pray before our meetings and I needed them to help me prove him wrong. They loved the idea and stepped up to the task.
Christian persecution is a reality in foreign countries, but we never thought we would see it here in the land of the free and the home of the brave. We sometimes see people being mean spirited in the private sector, but when it comes from our government, it’s time to call a foul. Whether you like the man occupying the White House or not, he is the commander of the military and is ultimately, responsible for the behavior of all branches of our military. This week the Army started training their soldiers to view Christians and those who adhere to Biblical principles as domestic haters.
Communists, Muslims, Atheists and those who are hostile to the Bible have historically despised Christians. Now we find ourselves in a situation where our government is treating Christians, who stand for protecting innocent life and have done more to help the planet than any other group of people, (Salvation Army, hospitals, soup kitchens, Samaritan’s Purse, YMCA, prison ministries, food pantries, helping foreign countries, etc.) as though they were the bad guys.