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A Call To Prayer, A Call To Action !

By JOHN DOWNS, SR.

The Congressional Prayer Caucus Foundation believes there is a force in America today that is more powerful than all our military services combined. One that is mightier than the arsenal of nuclear weapons that have protected our nation since the Cold War. One that is readily available to both the youngest of our country’s children and the oldest of its senior citizens. That force is the power of prayer and Lea Carawan, Executive Director of the Congressional Prayer Caucus Foundation (CPCF), is on a mission to effectively combine the power of prayer with a nationwide call to action.

“Unfortunately, there is a concerted and well financed effort throughout our nation to attack the symbols of our faith like creches, crosses, and the Ten Commandments,” Carawan asserts, “These challenges are much more than just an assault on religious freedom, however, some groups want to completely remove faith, religion, and morality from the marketplace of ideas. That’s a frightening concept.”

To preserve America’s historic Judeo-Christian heritage, CPCF is working to build a nationwide network of elected leaders and citizens united for prayer, and action. Carawan believes that the opposition to religious freedom in this country is so strong and well organized that many times the average citizen feels helpless to fight it.  “CPCF is working to rally our leaders nationwide to form a prayer caucus in every state,” she says confidently, “So far we’ve been successful in 12 states, and there are more that will soon be added to the list. People need to know that we can successfully and decisively defeat these forces that are undermining our nation’s religious and moral foundation. CPCF is committed to this effort for as long as it takes.”

Lea Carawan, Executive Director of the Congressional Prayer Caucus Foundation

Lea Carawan, Executive Director of the Congressional Prayer Caucus Foundation

The CPCF has five major goals in its stated mission: To promote prayer and preserve God’s enduring place in the public square; To proactively protect religious freedom; To energize and mobilize government leaders and citizens to advocate for Judeo-Christian principles; To equip and network leaders who champion morality and religious expression in every aspect of society; and To communicate the constitutional truths that establish America’s religious freedom.

Summer Ingram is the CPCF’s National Prayer Director and emphasizes one of the Foundation’s strongest messages.  “There is always hope in America,” she says with conviction, “We have many good elected officials in our nation who need our support and encouragement on all levels, from the local city council, to the state legislatures, and all the way to Washington, D.C. Many are already asserting their strong belief in God and the power of prayer, and there are many more ready to follow.”

Many people are familiar with the Congressional Prayer Caucus, especially on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. The bipartisan Congressional Prayer Caucus was founded in 2005 by Chesapeake Congressman J. Randy Forbes and is co-chaired by Forbes and Rep. Mike McIntyre (D-NC). It is a registered caucus in Congress, subject to the rules and regulations of any other caucus like the Black Caucus or the Hispanic Caucus. Only elected officials may be part of the caucus. Both the Congressional Prayer Caucus and the Congressional Prayer Caucus Foundation believe in the power of prayer for our nation and its leaders and citizens. The two groups, however, are very different. The CPCF is a private, non profit 501(c)3 organization and receives no government funds whatsoever. Membership is open to everyone. “At CPCF we never get involved in partisan politics nor do we ever campaign for any candidate,” Carawan explains emphatically, “We do, however, want to have a prayer chain reaching from every state legislature to every home. Couple that with knowledge of the issues regarding threats to religious freedom, and we feel we can return America to the very foundation of the Judeo-Christian principles on which it was founded.”

The internet has become a valuable ally for the CPCF and the foundation maintains its own comprehensive web site at www.CPCFoundation.com   It is filled with all the information necessary for an individual to become knowledgeable of the Foundation and the challenges to religious freedom it is facing. First time visitors will find the site easy to navigate with many levels of support. The site also provides detailed content about news, programs, and resources of CPCF. There is a “call to action” section which gives interested parties a number of specific ways to get involved. The CPCF also works hand in hand with a number of organizations who are fighting the good fight against religious bigotry including The Fellowship of Christians and Jews, Judicial Watch, and the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ). A concerned citizen will find the web site with an abundance of informative articles and ways to get involved. There is also a number of vital links to other sites for prayer, education, and action which are just a click away. One site for example is a nation-wide campaign to fight the ongoing war against our national motto. “In God We Trust-Put it UP!,” is designed to encourage citizens and legislators to “Say It! Pray It! Display It”. The site can be reached at www.InGodWeTrust.com.

One long time foundation volunteer is Adele Holleman of Chesapeake who recently returned from Iowa. The CPCF had worked many long hours to establish a caucus in Iowa and the big kick-off of the successful effort was scheduled for April 16th. She was there in Iowa and personally witnessed the “miracle of Iowa” on that day. Holleman explains, “Until the actual launching of the Iowa Legislative Prayer Caucus, dozens of us had met for weeks in prayer.”

Lea Carawan speaking at the Iowas Caucus launch.

Lea Carawan speaking at the Iowas Caucus launch.

Holleman continues, “41 members of the Iowa legislature and the Lt. Governor signed the proclamation. Many others who were unable to attend also signed later. Nearly 200 private citizens were present and joined in the signing. There were high school kids and retired couples all helping out and praying for success. It was a glorious faith filled experience, and I was so privileged to be there.”

The National Advisory Board of CPCF lists many impressive names including Congressman Randy Forbes, Congressman Mike McIntyre, Congresswoman Michelle Bachman, Congressman Scott Rigell, and Congressman Heath Shuler. “Our Board is definitely non-partisan,” Carawan says proudly, “We have principled individuals from both of the major parties supporting our efforts.”

The CPCF has developed specific guidelines and procedures to form and establish a caucus in every state. “Both Summer Ingram and I stand ready to assist and encourage any elected official who is ready to return their state to the traditional values and religious freedom our forefathers sacrificed to achieve,” Carawan promises. “There are many ways to help and we must get everyone involved. As philosopher Edmund Burke noted: ‘The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing’. Two of our most admired and charismatic Presidents were very eloquent when they addressed religious freedom. John Kennedy noted in his inaugural address that the rights of man come not from the generosity of the state but from the hand of God. And Ronald Reagan warned that if we ever forget that we are one nation under God, then we will be one nation gone under.”

The leaders of the American Revolution needed a special type of citizen with courage and fortitude.  They were called patriots. Lea Carawan has coined a new term to describe the dedicated men and women involved in the current struggle against the religious intolerance that is growing in our country. “In 1776, they were called Patriots,” she says, “Today, in 2013, they are called PRAYtriots.”

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