by Daniel Rodgers

When Addressing God, Use His Name
Dan Rodgers
Isaiah 40:15, 17-18, 22-23, 25, 28 (vs.25)


1. I have had two different people e-mail me the following information about a recent resolution made by the joint houses of congress:

"On November 14, the House of Representatives and the United States Senate passed an unprecedented concurrent resolution establishing a "National Day of Reconciliation," to take place Tuesday, December 4, 2001. On that day, our nation and elected representatives will pause to seek God's blessings in prayers for unity, forgiveness, reconciliation and charity."

2. I must tell you, at first, I was struck with interest by the opening comments, until I realized they were given by the organization reporting the information. The part about seeking "God's blessings" was added; it is not in the resolution.

"CONCURRENT RESOLUTION Resolved by the House of Representatives (the Senate concurring), that on a day of reconciliation selected jointly by the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the President pro tempore of the Senate, and with the Chaplain of the House of representatives and the Chaplain of the Senate in attendance: (1) two Houses of the Congress shall assemble in the Hall of the House of Representatives; and (2) during this assembly, the Members of the two Houses may gather to humbly seek the blessings of Providence for forgiveness, reconciliation, unity, and charity for all people of the United States, thereby assisting the Nation to realize its potential as the champion of hope, the vindicator of the defenseless, and the guardian of freedom.

2. I'm not going to spend a lot of time on this resolution, but let me make a few brief comments:

a. First, America does need forgiveness, and she does need to be reconciled, but the question is: to whom?

b. They say they are going to "seek the blessing of "Providence for forgiveness." What is that, Providence? Do they mean God? Then why don't they s ...

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