Folks, the time is here. Don’t think it won’t happen to you. Don’t think courts have your back when it comes to protecting freedom to publicly pray. The state of Washington certainly is not protecting high school football coach Joe Kennedy for his action of prayer on the playing field. If anything, the system is all about stripping him of his freedom to pray,—and you may be next!
In a years long ordeal Coach Kennedy, a man with twenty years of military service to our country, has been fighting to preserve his first Amendment right to pray at work.
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.”
The Bremerton High School coach first started praying at the 50-yard line in 2008 after each of his team’s games. Kennedy knelt and said a silent 15-second prayer—alone. Coach, inspired by the faith-based film Facing the Giants, was thankful for the game and the safety of the players. Soon the team, and sometimes members of the opposing teams, joined him.
How wonderful to see public expressions of thankfulness to God!
Then, the Satanic Temple stepped in, trying to stop the prayer.
At the instance of the The Satanic Temple in Seattle, Washington, the Marine vet’s American rights came under attack. Because Coach Kennedy refused to stop praying publicly at the school, he was fired in 2015 from his position of coach—a position he truly enjoyed. A position where he shaped and made positive differences in many young men’s lives.
Kennedy has been fighting for the “Constitutional rights of Americans.” ever since. Coach Kennedy stated, “There’s history of football. There’s always been people saying prayers on football fields and giving thanks and I was one of them.”
Are you “allowed” to pray at work?
Imagine you are having a tough day at work, and you stop for 15 seconds at your desk to ask God for guidance—and you get fired! Or perhaps you get a text at work that your mom just had a stroke, so you take 15 seconds to pray for God’s grace, then a co-worker turns you in for praying—and you get fired!
A scenario like either one of those could very well happen to any of us, if Christians do not stand and voice our right to publicly pray.
Franklin Graham spoke out against the original court ruling that occurred in 2017.
“It’s sad this has happened but it really doesn’t surprise me,” Graham said on the Todd Starnes Show. “We find these courts and these judges are making these decisions against the will of the people. We have judges out there who hate God and hate His standards and disrespect the people who follow God,”CBN NEWS
Pray that Christians may continue to publicly pray.
Though the Supreme Court originally did not accept this case, thankfully they recently indicated they make take it in the future. Folks, please pray for a positive outcome for Coach Joe Kennedy. For his sake and for the sake of any future injustices against public prayer. Hateful actions toward pray will definitely continue if we do not secure a positive ruling in this case.
The Bible tells us specifically to turn to the Lord and pray. Pray in all things. This includes the right for a football coach to continue praying on the football field alone and with students who choose to do so. It includes asking God for full rights granted to us under America’s Constitution. It includes praying for the Satanic Temple, and all others who are not currently believers, for their hearts to be softened by Christ and that they see the evil of their ways.
We are to pray with thanksgiving, and continue to pray, in Jesus’ name.
Philippians 4:4-7 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Please take a moment and pray with me for America:
Father God, you reign supreme. There is none like You. I praise Your holy name. America loves You, and I thank You for protection as we serve You. Lord, the United States cites Under God in our Pledge of Allegiance, and In God We Trust as our motto. The U.S. Supreme Court prays, “God save the United States and this Honorable Court.”, and in our inaugural oaths “so help me God” is often spoke. Also, Congress opens its sessions with prayer. Lord, America believes and has faith in You. Please do not forsake us now as some in authority stubble over our right to publicly pray. Please know We the people are sorry for the path many of our leaders have taken, and I ask for a revival of Jesus to sweep through our government and restore You above all else to Your original highest position. In Jesus’ name. Amen.