Prayer Targets: Columbus; First Amendment; EEOC Tyranny; Defunding; Prayer Tour; Knife Intifada

Dr. Kenyn Cureton, FRC V.P. for Church Ministries, has written an inspiring, informative and spiritually rich 365-day devotional called Lost Episodes in American History. Here are excerpts about Christopher Columbus, whose discovery of a “new world” radically changed world history.

On November 6, 1492, Christopher Columbus wrote to King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of Spain: “I maintain, Most Serene Princes, that if they [the American Indians] had access to devout religious persons knowing the language, they would all turn Christian, and so I hope in Our Lord that Your Highnesses will do something about it with much care, in order to turn to the Church so numerous a folk, and to convert them…

“And after your days… you will leave your realms in a very tranquil state, and free from heresy and wickedness, and will be well received before the eternal Creator, to whom I pray to grant you long life and great increase of many realms and lordships, and both will and disposition to increase the holy Christian religion, as hitherto you have done.” (Cureton, Page 394-395).

On March 15, 1493, Christopher Columbus returned to Spain after his first journey to the new World. Upon his return, he wrote a letter to King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella:

“I gave them many beautiful and pleasing things, which I had brought with me, for no return whatever, in order to win their affection, and that they might become Christians and inclined to love our King and Queen and Princes and all the people of Spain…

“They do not practice idolatry; on the contrary, they believe that all strength, all power, in short all blessings, are from Heaven, and I have come down from there with these ships and sailors…

“This is a circumstance most favorable for what I believe our most serene King especially desires, that is, their conversion to the holy faith of Christ; for which, indeed, so far as I could understand, they are very ready and prone…

“But what has been accomplished is great and wonderful, and not at all proportionate to my deserts, but to the sacred Christian faith, and to the piety and religion of our Sovereigns. For what is the mind of man could not compass the spirit of God has granted to mortals. For God is wont and listen to his servants who love his precepts, even in impossibilities, as has happened to me in the present instance, who have accomplished what human strength has hitherto never attained…

“Therefore let King and Queen and Princes, and their most fortunate realms, and all other Christian provinces, let us all return thanks to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, who has bestowed so great a victory and reward upon us; let there be processions and solemn sacrifices prepared; let the churches bedecked with festal boughs; let Christ rejoice upon Earth as he rejoices in Heaven, as he foresees that so many souls of so many people heretofore lost are to be saved; and let us be glad not only for the exaltation of our faith, but also for the increase of temporal prosperity, in which not only Spain but all Christendom is about to share.”*

Christopher Columbus defied the odds, endured the ridicule, and witnessed what he believed to be miracles in the discovery of a “New World,” which has ultimately become the greatest launch-point of Christian missions in history. The forward-looking faith of Columbus is another lost episode in American history (see Cureton, Lost Episodes in American History – Devotional; Gilderman.org; see Samuel Eliot Morison, Journals & Other Documents on the Life & Voyages of Christopher Columbus, New York: Heritage Press, 1963, pp 65, 72, 91). (Hear Tony Perkins & Dr. Cureton discuss Columbus Day – min. 37:9; Tony & David Barton – min. 17:16).

Revisionists have labored night and day to rewrite the story of the faith-filled man who discovered America – magnifying his flaws and failures. Some cities have gone so far as to rename Columbus Day, Indigenous People’s Day. Like the heroes of faith in Scripture, Columbus was shaped by his time and was, like all of us, flawed, but people of faith who study the record have little doubt that God led this man to discovery that changed the world!

First Amendment Defense Act (FADA) – FRC President Tony Perkins believes preserving religious liberty is the most important priority for God’s people in our country for the foreseeable future. Historically, tyrants have made every effort to silence Christians because their truth-speaking was the greatest threat to their power. All other American liberties spring from and hinge upon the essential liberty of faith and conscience. President George Washington, in his Farewell Address (1796) warned, “Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of patriotism, who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness, these firmest props of the duties of men and citizens. The mere politician, equally with the pious man, ought to respect and to cherish them.”

Today, the foundation stone of the First Amendment is under concerted assault. A seeming host of well-funded organizations and leaders in every cultural sphere—atheists, homosexual activists, Islamists, Satanists, and others compose a movement dedicated to silencing Bible-believing Christians and stripping them of their First Amendment protections. Amid the present strains in Congress, the vital First Amendment Defense Act (FADA) has been pushed to the back burner.

Too many Americans have come to take religious liberty for granted and either are unaware or are ignoring the dizzying escalation of religious liberty violations in our nation. Passage of FADA cannot wait. Without it, conscientious objectors to the HHS mandate (e.g., the Little Sisters of the Poor, Christian universities, etc.) and same-sex marriage (e.g., wedding vendors, chaplains, county clerks, Christian employers and even, potentially, parents who labor to bring up their children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord) will be all be in grave jeopardy— subject to costly lawsuits from individuals, local jurisdictions, even the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

May Christians everywhere wake up to the urgent threat to religious liberty in our nation – and take action! Just as our forefathers created the First Amendment, may America’s pastors, teachers and political leaders inform and equip Americans to understand the issues at stake and demand that their elected leaders pass the First Amendment Defense Act this year! (Ps 11:7; Is 56:1; Eze 22:26; Lk 4:18-19; Gal 5:1; 1 Jn 3:7)

The EEOC and the Equality Act – American employers may be safe from passage of the so-called “Equality Act,”which has been described as the Employment Non-Discrimination ACT (ENDA) “on steroids,” so long as the GOP majority remains in power, but the EEOC is trying to bypass Congress and accomplish many of the same ends as the Equality Act.

This past June the EEOC conferred special federal employment protections to persons who identify as LGBT, even though Congress has passed no law empowering them to do so. The EEOC has revised the rules and now interprets “discrimination on the basis of sex,” a protection already in our laws, to mean not only discrimination based on physical gender, but to include discrimination based upon a wide variety of sexual practices and self-professed orientations.

This move has already had disturbing consequences.  In September, a Federal District Court applied that line of reasoning in its ruling against an Arkansas business that dismissed a transgendered person. Two weeks ago, a man newly-hired to direct a Catholic assisted living facility in Virginia was dismissed when the bishop in the Catholic Diocese of Virginia learned that he was married to his homosexual partner of 30 years. The man filed an EEOC complaint.

Another federal district court permitted the EEOC to intervene in a lawsuit brought by a transgendered person fired after refusing to sign an agreement promising to abide by the company’s dress code requiring employees to dress according to their born gender. The EEOC is just getting started! (see  Virginia EEOC Complaint; Arkansas Federal Court Ruling, EEOC Intervenes in LA Transgender Case; EEOC Change Law without Congress).

May God and the U.S. Congress intervene to stop the EEOC from using tax dollars illicitly to impose the homosexual activist agenda against employers across America, and may judges who make law from the bench similarly be stopped. (2 Sam 23:3; Mt 7:23; 1 Cor 6:8-10; Eph 5:11; 2 Tim 4:2 ; 1 Jn 3:8; Jude 22-24)

Finally:
1) Planned Parenthood is attempting to silence its critics by calling for its affiliates to take reimbursement for only “actual costs” associated with trafficking in aborted baby parts. But why, if everything they were doing was “legal and ethical,” do they need to change? And since Planned Parenthood doesn’t actually “harvest” baby parts and organs but lets outside companies do this, for what are they being reimbursed? (GOP Doubles down on Planned Parenthood Probe; No more Reimbursements?)

2) Franklin Graham has launched his 50 State Prayer Tour for 2016. His tour slogan, is “Pray. Vote. Engage,” his press release saying that they are calling believers “to live and promote biblical principles at home, in public and at the ballot box.” See Graham’s interview with Todd Starnes regarding the Christian martyrs in Oregon and the Middle East.

3) Pray for the Israeli people and the escalating “Knife Intifada” against them.

Thank you for praying!

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