From Slice of Laodicea
Ingrid had this to say about responses she is receiving on the Jesus-less National Day of Prayer:
I have never had quite so much email on a subject. This National Day of Prayer issue really touched a nerve among Christians. Yesterday I was asked to speak by phone to a group of top evangelical leaders of large ministries who were meeting in Florida. By speaker phone, I was questioned about the National Day of Prayer’s official prayer leaving out the name of Jesus Christ for pragmatic reasons. I did the best I could to succinctly explain that it is wrong for evangelical leaders who are so fond of battling for the right to pray in Jesus name, to discard that same name in public on the National Day of Prayer.
These leaders are on the horns of a dilemma. If they say anything, they risk alienating themselves from the National Day of Prayer Task Force and the Dobsons. If they don’t say anything, they realize they are Scripturally in the wrong. Now they do know about it, and they are responsible for what they know. I will let you know what, if anything, comes out of this group of men. Unfortunately, courage, the willingness to be unliked, the willingness to lose something for standing up for the Lord Jesus, is in extremely short supply. I have had so many “Nicodemus” leaders call or email me—they come to me by night—saying, “Go, Ingrid! What you’re doing is right. We think it’s great. Go, Ingrid, Go.” But you will never see them take a public stand. They’re all hiding in the tall grass while a woman takes the flak for a position that they know is right. I must take a stand, but I’m going to say this bluntly—it’s to the shame of these men that I have to do this with so little support.
Ingrid, I can completely relate. Been there, had that happen, too. I am reminded that the Christian life can be lonely as Martin Lloyd Jones wrote.