On March 16, 1776, as recorded in the Journal of Congress, General William Livingston presented this resolution in Congress and it passed without dissent:
“We earnestly recommend that Friday, the 17th day of May next, be observed by the colonies as a day of humiliation, fasting, and prayer, that we may with united hearts confess and bewail our manifold sins and transgressions, and by a sincere repentance and amendment of life appease God’s righteous displeasure, and through the merits and mediation of Jesus Christ obtain His pardon and forgiveness”
Hmmm – this sounds like the first amnesty prayer. However, in this case, no one expected amnesty, they confessed their sins, prayed for it and asked for Christ to mediate on their behalf.
We’ve come a long way. Nowadays, we expect amnesty, we act like we are entitled to forgiveness. How many times have you heard the phrase that it is easier to ask for forgiveness than permission.
How far we have come.
What a shame that we no longer see our sins as clearly.
We will do our country and its leaders a favor if we returned to asking for God’s forgiveness instead of simply feeling as if we are entitled to it.
Just my opinion.
Oh, and Livingston went further to say in a letter:
“If the history (New Testament) be not true, then all the whole laws of nature were changed; all the motives and incentives to human actions that ever had obtained in this world have been entirely inverted; the wickedest man in the world have taken the greatest pains and endured the greatest hardship and misery to invent, practice, and propagate the most holy religion that ever was.”
I guess I agree with him. The scriptures are true.