Day of Prayer

At a conference in New York City last weekend called “Examining the Real Agenda of the Religious Far Right,” sponsored by the City University of New York and People For the American Way, participants warned gravely about America’s looming theocracy. Sessions on subjects such as “Fundamentalism: the Fear and the Rage,” “Is Unholy Theocracy Here?” and “On the Psychology and Theocracy of George W. Bush: Reflections in a Culture of Fear” stoked liberal paranoia. What’s a Christian to do in the face of such ignorant and irrational secular rage? Yes, lies must be answered, but columnist George Will notes that Christians are too well established in this society to credibly claim the status of victim. “Some Christians should practice the magnanimity of the strong,” Will says, “rather than cultivate the grievances of the weak.” Good advice. Today is the National Day of Prayer. Let’s pray not only for our country, but for those who hate us.

About Stan Guthrie

Stan Guthrie is an editor at large for Christianity Today magazine and for the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview. His latest book is God's Story in 66 Verses. He also is author of All that Jesus Asks: How His Questions Can Teach and Transform Us, Missions in the Third Millennium: 21 Key Trends for the 21st Century, and A Concise Guide to Bible Prophecy. He is co-author of The Sacrament of Evangelism. Besides authoring, writing, and editing books, Stan is a literary agent, bringing together good authors, good books, and good publishers. Stan writes the monthly Priorities colum for BreakPoint.org. He has appeared on National Public Radio's €œTell Me More,€ WGN's Milt Rosenberg program, and many Christian shows, including The Eric Metaxas Show and Moody Radio'€™s €œNew Day Florida.€ A licensed minister and an inspirational speaker, he served as moderator for the Christian Book Expo panel discussion, Does the God of Christianity Exist, and What Difference Does It Make?
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