The initiative for a “A Voluntary National Day of Repentance, Prayer, and Fasting on November 22nd, 2017” received very genuine, though quantitatively modest response. It never ‘caught fire’; it didn’t “go viral”. Why? Here are some of my thoughts.
The initiative grew out of increasing concern over the growing divisiveness and polarization in American society and culture in the past decade, in the 2016 Presidential Campaign, and in the first months of the Trump Administration. Viewing from a distance, as an overseas American, it was alarmingly easy to sense the growing the inability for public dialogue to reach understanding. Overt Satanism in the entertainment industry and many public institutions, increasing violence including mass shootings, the perversity of pedophilia among the rich and powerful, and the ongoing slaughter of infants in their mothers’ wombs, all point to a need for the vertical appeal God has provided in 2 Chronicles 7:14.
In August I listened to the anguished concerns of a well-known Christian speaking on a prominent online talk show. This man has poured out his heart for Jesus and America day-by-day, week-by-week, for years. I was smitten with the need for prayer, and the need to respond. In his book “Shaping History through Prayer and Fasting”, Derek Prince, a towering figure of 20th century Bible teaching, expounded upon both biblical and modern historical examples where repentance, prayer, and fasting had changed the course of history.
I fixed on the idea of “Fast and Pray” as the headline for an initiative. Advocating a fast on Thanksgiving Day itself, being a day for family feasting, would simply bring in another cause for division. However, the day prior would be an opportunity for reflection that could actually aid communication and reconciliation at those gatherings. Still, something did not sit right.
A few days later, at the end of a 3-day fast, a clear message was felt that fasting is a means, not an end in itself. Repentance is the focus throughout the Bible for biblical faith; hence the “Repent and Pray USA” title developed.
In the scripture recommendations for the initiative, in addition to 2 Chronicles 7:14 and Matthew 6:16, I posted two verses which were intended to focus attention on the vertical relationship, rather than a shared, horizontal relationship here on earth. Would others also sense a spiritual need for this initiative and begin to inform their networks?
Psalm 37:5 Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.
Proverbs 16:3 Commit thy works unto the LORD, and thy thoughts shall be established.
The time-frame was very short. Learning to set up a website took more time than I anticipated, and mounting a national-level campaign is completely new territory. I began with individual letters to pastors and others with established audiences, which received almost no response. This was followed by “Press Release” style messages to hundreds of YouTube channels, and again there was silence in response. Third, I set up a Facebook page, inviting friends and contacts to join, with only modest success.
As a fourth set of messages, I sent personal Emails inquiring whether certain activist news channels would consider making a breakthrough announcement. Sean at the SGT Report responded positively (see blog post “Most Monsters Aren’t Born. They are Created”). The announcement toward the end of his excellent news reporting brought a spike in page views, with the best day seeing 101 visits. This turned out to be too little, too late, as the total page visits only reached 640 today, on November 22nd, two months after going online.
Thoughts on the Future
As Sean noted in his announcement, today is the anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. The recent release of heretofore secret documents pointing to the deep state conspiracy behind this murder, and the hundreds of sealed indictments being issued relating to current criminal investigations, should give us hope for the soon fulfillment of biblical promises:
Luke 12:2 For there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; neither hid, that shall not be known. 3 Therefore whatsoever ye have spoken in darkness shall be heard in the light; and that which ye have spoken in the ear in closets shall be proclaimed upon the housetops.
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