The annual National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C., is decidedly Christian. Every U.S. president since Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1953 has participated in this event.

In 2016, then President Barack Obama spoke at the event. He told the audience the story of a Muslim man in Chicago who took his three young children to a neighborhood playground on the day after 14 innocent people were murdered by Islamic terrorists in San Bernardino, CA. When time came for “one of the five daily prayers that are essential to the Muslim tradition,” Obama said, the Muslim feared to lay down his prayer rug. But as a witness to his children, he did.

The president said, “I can’t imagine a clearer expression of Jesus’ teachings. I can’t imagine a better expression of the peaceful spirit of Islam than when a Muslim father filled with fear drew from the example of a Baptist preacher and a Jewish rabbi to teach his children what God demands.” The discerning eye will recognize immediately that Obama was not representing the ideals from the God of the Bible.

The president was apparently perfectly content with being a ‘witness’ for Secularism at the distinctly Christian prayer breakfast. To the rest of us it was tactless, gauche and provocative. What Obama was promoting was syncretism, the combining of different, often seemingly contradictory, even mutually exclusive beliefs, melding practices of various schools of thoughts and religion. [] The Bible strictly forbids syncretistic worship as being a violation of the First Commandment, which brings judgment on a nation.


To President Obama, the National Prayer Breakfast seemed the perfect venue, for “Folly seeks a public venue and appears in much the same places as wisdom. They are often in proximity, proposing alternative choices in many circumstances.” [1]

The battle for the Soul of America is spiritual. The struggle is not between Democrats and Republicans, but between the false god of Secularism and Jehovah, the Judeo-Christian God. Secularism is a pagan religion, and every bit of a religious faith as Christianity. Although the chorus song from the Left is, “You cannot legislate morality,” that argument is an empty ruse in an attempt to give them an advantage. And they know it. For all legislation involves moral judgment.

Merely reflecting on the last century will show that secularists in America are not irreligious per se, but that they have imposed a counterfeit morality and religion on America.

“You cannot escape the fact that, when you enact a legal system, you have an establishment of religion. Every legal system in the world is an establishment of religion. It may be Christianity, or it may be Humanism or Buddhism or Islam or Shintoism, but every legal system represents a moral and a theological structure. … [W]hatever we do legislate represents a moral judgment, whether it be good or bad, Christian or non-Christian. … Rome recognized that Christianity had a different moral system. It had a different sovereign, Jesus Christ, not Caesar. Rome recognized that its law was premised, not on the word of Caesar or the Roman Senate, but on the word of God. Therefore the empire felt it was urgently necessary to oppose Christianity.” [2]

Secularists such as Barack Obama reflexively oppose Christianity, because Jesus Christ is Lord, and not the State, or whatever five secular Supreme Court Justices any given day can agree upon. A perfect example of the deception was the “great divider” Barack Obama as president, who spoke about God, and then weaponized the State to oppose biblical Christianity.


The good news is that the men and women of Issachar are moving into the arena of public service. Two hundred pastors ran for local office in 2016: city council, school board, parks and recreation, etc. An additional 250 pastors are running for local office in 2018. Please add these to your prayer lists. []

In an age where Christianity has been rejected and displaced by secularists, these Christian leaders will bring a virtue that in the last 75 years has rarely been seen in public. As they begin to represent and reestablish the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the public square, these Gideons and Rahabs will fear nothing that breathes with mortal breath. For the biblical truth is “Trust in Yahweh, if it is thoroughgoing and comprehensive, is incompatible with fearfulness, because whoever relies for safety on Yahweh [knows that he or she] is safe indeed.”[3]


In many parts of the country, filing deadlines for running for local office are in June. Concentrated prayer by America’s pastors and pews must begin now for those that God is calling to the public arena. Firstly, so that they will hear and obey His voice. And secondly, so that He will go before them when the secular cultural mountains of influence in America – public education, academia, newsrooms, sports, the courts, the Fortune 500, big business, Hollywood, and medicine – begin to thrash and depict Christian leaders stepping into the arena as bigoted and draconian.

We are preparing for a resurrection.

David Lane
American Renewal Project

[1] Michael V. Fox, Proverbs.

[2] Rousas Rushdoony, Atheism of the Early Church, cited in The Mission of God, A Manifesto Of Hope For Society.

[3] William McKane, Proverbs.

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