I just read that the State of Louisiana has declared June 20,2010 as a State Day of Prayer (State Resolution 145) for themselves as well as the Gulf Region. Here is the entire resolution:
To recognize and declare Sunday, June 20, 2010, as a Statewide Day of Prayer for Louisiana and for the population and region surrounding the Gulf of Mexico, in particular those
people affected by the environmental and economic disasters that erupted in the aftermath of BP Deepwater Horizon oil leak.
WHEREAS, in times of great distress and need, we, the people of this land, have always turned to private, public, and corporate prayer; and
WHEREAS, a Statewide Day of Prayer provides each of us with a powerful opportunity to humble ourselves before our Almighty God; and
WHEREAS, the citizens of Louisiana are urged to pray for a solution to this crisis, each according to his or her own faith, to pray for God’s continued guidance and protection,
and to join in the observance of a day of prayer, seeking God’s blessings upon both our state and nation; and
WHEREAS, although there exists a great diversity of types of prayer, prayer is always about calling upon God, and prayers woven together through common effort can themselves become an awesome and powerful force; and
WHEREAS, a day of unified, intercessory prayer, by and for those people living throughout the regions around the Gulf of Mexico, to pray for an end to this environmental emergency, sparing us all from the destruction of both culture and livelihood; and
WHEREAS, untold millions of people, not only in regions surrounding the Gulf of Mexico, but throughout the world, will be affected by this event; a crisis that remains unaffected by the efforts of mortal man; and
WHEREAS, we now turn our attention and our prayers to the present circumstances and humble ourselves before Almighty God.
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Senate of the Legislature of Louisiana does hereby designate Sunday, June 20, 2010, as a Statewide Day of Prayer for Louisiana
and for the population and region surrounding the Gulf of Mexico.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Senate of Legislature of Louisiana does hereby urge the citizenry of the state and all people of faith throughout the United States and
the world to give personal thanks, each according to his faith, for the blessings we have received, for God’s continued guidance during these trying times, and for God’s grace to
bring an end to the devastation.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Senate of Legislature of Louisiana calls upon the people of Louisiana to join each other and the entire community that is linked by the
Gulf of Mexico in this unified expression of faith and hope.
This document is a proof text that the children of darkness are wiser than the children of light. As corrupt politically , morally and spiritually (remember there is very high concentration of voodoo there because of the slave trade) as the State of Louisiana is, even they have enough sense to call on God. Sadly, it took an oil spill to do it.
We as a nation have watched in sheer horror the amount of ecological and environmental damage that this oil spill has caused. The question I have for the Church in America is that could this disaster been avoided if those in the pulpit and those in the pew heard, read and exercised Proverbs 29:2? I believe the answer is a resounding “Yes”. To the Pastor/Priest it up to you to hear from God and obey what you hear. To those in the pew it is up to you understand God’s Word, recognize that your leadership is hearing from God through discernment, prayer, and the studying of the Scriptures and follow them if they do, hold them accountable if they don’t.
If we all do what God has called us to do: Hold ourselves accountable as well as our spiritual and political leadership, THEN God will hear from Heaven, forgive our sin, and heal our land. If this is not done, we will stay in the mess we’re in and the judgments will keep on coming until we “get it” or we are destroyed.