Bill Armstrong, President of Colorado Christian University, has officially proclaimed Tuesday, Oct. 19, as “A Day of Confession, Repentance,Thanksgiving and Supplication” for the university community and its friends. As classes are suspended for the beginning of an all-campus symposium on evangelism on the 19th and 20th, individual and group activities will mark observance of this solemn day. CCU undertook a similar observance in 2008. Here is President Armstrong’s proclamation:
In just a few days, our nation’s voters will elect one-third of the members of the U.S. Senate, all members of the U.S. House of Representatives and countless governors, state legislators and other state and local officials. As voters, we will be making momentous decisions that will affect the future of our country and state for generations to come.
America remains the greatest nation on earth – blessed by God with a large degree of personal freedom, prosperity, progress in health care, education, science, technology and more. But much of what God has given us is threatened by terrorism, financial crisis, stock market losses, energy and environmental issues, budget deficits, taxes, big government and other strategic threats.
Even more ominous are the nation’s growing number of broken families, lives lost to abortion, sexual permissiveness and perversion, illicit drugs, and corruption in public and private life. Surely God is calling us to pray for our culture and to pray most earnestly for our fellow citizens who have not yet responded to the call of Jesus.
Two years ago, I was reminded that President George Washington announced a day of prayer and supplication. Similarly, President Abraham Lincoln called for a national day of humiliation, fasting and prayer. Throughout our history, our greatest leaders have summoned our nation to honor the One who is the “author of liberty… great God our King.”
Following the example of these leaders, as President of Colorado Christian University, I promulgated a day for the university community to join together to ask God’s blessing in accordance with His promise.
“… If my people will humble themselves and pray, and search for me, and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear them from heaven and forgive their sins and heal their land.” – 2 Chronicles 7:14
Considering the hurts and cares of our beloved country, nothing could be more timely. Therefore, I designate and proclaim Tuesday, October 19, 2010, A Day of Confession, Repentance, Thanksgiving and Supplication for this university and all who wish to join us in asking Him to “heal our land.”
Confession, repentance, thanksgiving and supplication should be part of our prayer life every day. But exactly two weeks before Election Day – with America’s future at stake –on Tuesday, October 19th , let us pause throughout the day, individually and in groups, to accord Him honor and to pray and be reminded of our dependence on the One whom Presidents Washington and Lincoln called “Almighty God.”
Let us realize, as did President Lincoln, that “We have forgotten the gracious hand which preserved us in peace and prosperity. We have grown in numbers, wealth and power … and we have vainly imagined … 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. It behooves us to humble ourselves before the offended Power, to confess our national sins, and to pray for clemency and forgiveness.”
Let us thank God over and over for the way He has blessed our country. Ask God to inspire His people to vote in record numbers. Pray that He will give voters perspicacity, integrity and wisdom. Humbly request that those who are elected will be a blessing to our country. Ask God to mend broken relationships, turn our nation away from abortion, pornography, drugs, sexual sin, hedonism and corruption. Pray that God will draw the people of our nation closer to each other and to Him. Ask God to hear our prayers, forgive our sins and heal our land. Ask God to bless Colorado Christian University and our beloved country.
William L. Armstrong, President