Tuesday, November 13, 2007

And the rains came

Well, they haven't come yet, not enough to put a dent in the drought we are having in the south. But, they will come.

The governor of Georgia, Sonny Perdue, will join ministers and lawmakers today on the steps of the capital to pray for rain. Governor Riley declared a week in July as "Days of prayer for rain".

There will be protesters at the event. It isn't that they are against the rain coming, but against the prayer to get it here.

The loudest opposition to Perdue's move has come from the Atlanta Freethought Society, a secular group that is expecting about a dozen of its 125 members to protest at the vigil.

"The governor can pray when he wants to," said Ed Buckner, who is organizing the protest. "What he can't do is lead prayers in the name of the people of Georgia."

We have a very bad drought problem here in Alabama and in neighboring states. Lakes that supply the water for our homes are almost dry. Alerts have gone out for everyone to conserve the water. We have had a little rain but not enough to fill up all the lakes that provide us with our water. Lakes in Alabama and Georgia are running dry. But, I believe in miracles. God can fill those lakes miraculously. There have been floods in other parts of the country, but we are coming close to running out of water if the rains don't come soon.

  • Leviticus 26:3-4, "If ye walk in my statutes, and keep my commandments, and do them; Then I will give you rain in due season, and the land shall yield her increase, and the trees of the field shall yield their fruit."
In the 26th chapter of Leviticus, God tells us to follow Him, to obey him and we will have plenty. But, if we are not obedient and follow his commandments, then certain things will befall us. None of us know for sure if this is judgment coming from God for all the things America has done against Him. But, in all my life, I have never seen a situation with rain as bad as it is now.

Thomas Jefferson, for one, resisted calls for a federal day of prayer. But he was an exception. From George Washington, who declared "a day of prayer and thanksgiving," to Harry Truman, who established a National Day of Prayer, American politicians have not been shy about associating themselves with petitions to the Almighty.

Rocky Twyman says that we need to "call upon God because what we are doing isn't working". I think this man has a point!

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Brian said...

Don't forget that the Christian bible clearly states in Matthew 6:5-6
"And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly."

There were hundreds of people out in front of the capital building praying so obviously a blind man could see it, even we protesters (not even allowed to be on the corner near the capital) could see the crowd. Kinda seems like they are being "as the hypocrites". Also seemed like the Governor was using tax payer money, time, and property to lead a revival in downtown Atlanta in the name of All Georgian, even those of us one block down that don't want anything to do with it.

Well, that 20% chance of rain hasn't brought anything, in fact, the sky, much to my sadness as an Atlantan, actually cleared up as they prayed.

It will rain in Georgia, but because of moisture in the upper atmosphere condensing due to cold air contacting warm moist air, not because someone put a word in with a Bronze age sky fairy.

Barbara said...

Brian, we each have our opinion. And, I've given mine here with a way to get hold of me. I wonder why you haven't given a legitimate way to get hold of you.

The governor is not standing in the streets to be noticed. That is the place the crowds can gather. Besides, he announced it, so he isn't doing it to be seen. I suppose, like me, he believes in the Word of God. It isn't just a 'Christian bible' as you say here, but a way of life for those who do trust Him. And, further more, HE is the one who brings the rain.

In Amos 4:7 he also said he caused it to rain on one city and not rain on another, because they were not serving Him. Perhaps he is doing this to these cities now. It also says it will rain on the just and injust, so don't come back and say he is doing it only on the Christians, either.

As I said, we all have our opinions. You weren't pressured to come out and stand one block away to hear what was going on. Why not stay home?

Remember, when it rains, it will do so because GOD let it rain,and perhaps those praying had an effect on the Lord. It sure will not be coming from a 'bronze age sky fairy'. In fact, He is probably listening to the denying in your voice now.

Cathy said...

Barb, haven't we heard from him before on this same issue? The protesters don't know what they are talking about "praying in the name of the people of Georgia." I pray that God will hear and answer the prayers of His people. It will rain when the Lord God Almighty sends the rain. I wrote a post about rain on my blog with verses from the Word of God. :o)

Barbara said...

I don't really know, Cathy. But, you are right; God will send rain when he wants us to have it.His thoughts are not our thoughts, neither are our ways his ways! I'm glad He doesn't think like some people!

I'll be over to read your post.Thanks.

Cao said...

The Bible in Matthew 5:13-14 calls for Christians to be the "salt of the earth" and to be the "light of the world".

We can't do that if we're hiding in a closet.

That type of comment, Brian, is typical of the open hostility militant atheists are now showing to people of faith, atheists don't want to be merely tolerated, they want to monopolize the public square and expel Christians from it.

It's too bad, too, because traditional religion is on the upswing; 40% of Americans say they attend church on Sundays, more than 90% believe in God and 60% say that their faith is important to them.

Atheists may have loud voices, but like the communists, they are a small sector of the population.

Jo said...

How wonderful it is to find another sister in Christ! God bless you and your family!
- Jo

Sunny Daydreame said...

This post has been included in the November 15 edition of Carnival of Christian Women

Barbara said...

Thanks so much, Sunny, for including this post in the Carnival.