Late last month, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives unanimously passed a resolution to declare 2012 “The Year of the Bible.” This is a statement from Rep. Rick Saccone, the sponsor of the resolution:
“As not only Pennsylvania, but the United States, continues to face great tests and challenges, House Resolution 535 serves as a reminder that we must look to our faith in God and the Holy Scripture to provide us with the strength, wisdom and courage to conquer these great trials,” said Rep. Rick Saccone. “All over the Pennsylvania Capitol, one can easily see the tremendous influence that Christianity and the Bible have had over our founders and predecessors. These images and quotes illustrating the beliefs and morals that have shaped our great Commonwealth must never be forgotten.”
Supported by many members of the Pennsylvania Congressional delegation, legislation similar to House Resolution 535 was passed by the U.S. House and Senate to allow President Ronald Reagan to declare 1983 as the “Year of the Bible” at the national level.
How wonderful that a State Legislator can take such a stand and offer this resolution, and that his colleagues would vote unanimously in support! Isn’t it nice, for a change, for our public officials to acknowledge God at a time other than a grave national disaster?
This morning, I took a quick glance at Facebook this morning, and found this post from a State Representative:
Inbox filling with demands to repeal our House Resolution naming 2012 “Year of the Bible” – but >99% of emails from other states/areas
Friends, the secular left is going after this resolution with both barrels blazing. Newspapers have editorialized against HR 535, sometimes with a mocking tone.
This is yet another example of the ongoing, concerted effort to erase any public recognition or acknowledgement of the role of God and Christianity in our nation’s existence. Once again we face a time like that described by President Lincoln as he called for a National Fast Day in March, 1863.
We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of Heaven. We have been preserved, these many years, in peace and prosperity. We have grown in numbers, wealth and power, as no other nation has ever grown. But we have forgotten God. We have forgotten the gracious hand which preserved us in peace, and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us; and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own. Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us!
I hope we are not now too proud, or more correctly put, too afraid to publicly stand up for truth in the public square, and to defend our lawmakers against these attacks that seek to silence them and silence us.
Today, I am asking you to send an email and/or make a telephone call to your State Representative, and to Rep. Rick Saccone (717-260-6122), and thank them for passing HR 535, declaring 2012 “The Year of the Bible.” And please recruit some friends and family to do the same. Can I count on you to take a stand?
It’s about time we’re the ones filling up our legislator’s inboxes, and not the radical secularists, don’t you think?
To read the HR 535 resolution, click here.
Click here to contact your state representative.