National Day of Personal Reflection and Repentance

With the celebration of our National Independence, and in keeping with a great American tradition, Congressman Lamborn has introduced a resolution to make July 2, 2016 the "National Day of Personal Reflection and Repentance."

Presidents John Adams, James Madison, and Abraham Lincoln all declared days of repentance during their presidencies.

"While there will be no solemn assemblies or public gatherings, this is a call for all of us to personally reflect before our God, to repent for our national and our personal sins, and to ask God to forgive us and to heal our land. There is substantial historical precedent for national repentance and seeking God's forgiveness and favor.

- Congressman Doug Lamborn (CO-05)


TEXT OF RESOLUTION

Expressing support for designation of July 2, 2016 as the "National Day of Personal Reflection and Repentance."

Whereas we hold and celebrate July 4th as our day of Independence, the actual vote to dissolve all ties with Great Britain was on July 2, 1776;

Whereas upon approving of the Declaration of Independence, John Adams believed the Second of July ought to be commemorated as a day of deliverance by solemn act of devotion to God Almighty;

Whereas President John Adams, declared that May 9th, 1798 as a day of national humiliation, fasting, and prayer;

Whereas in 1812, President James Madison declared August 20th, 1812 as a day, to be observed by the people of the United States as a day of public humiliation, and prayer;

Whereas in 1863, President Abraham Lincoln during the Civil War called for a day of humility, fasting, and prayer, and for other purposes;

Whereas, it is the duty of nations, as well as of men to owe their dependence upon the overruling power of God, to confess their sins and transgressions, in humble sorrow, yet with assured hope that genuine repentance will lead to mercy and pardon, and to recognize the sublime truth, announced in the Holy Scriptures and proven by all history, that those nations are blessed whose God is Lord;

Whereas, we know that we have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of Heaven; we have been preserved these many years in peace and prosperity; we have grown in numbers, wealth and power as no other nation has ever grown; but we have forgotten God;

Whereas, we have forgotten the gracious hand which preserved us in peace, and multiplied and enriched us; and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our heart, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own;

Whereas 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;

Whereas, we have failed to respond, personally and collectively, with sacrifice and uncompromised commitment to the unmet needs of our fellowman, both at home and abroad; as a people, we have become so absorbed with the selfish pursuits of pleasure and profit that we have blinded ourselves to God's standard of justice and righteousness for this society;

Whereas, it therefore behooves us to humble ourselves before Almighty God, to confess our national sins, and to pray for clemency and forgiveness: Now, therefore be it

Resolved, That the House of Representatives

1) Supports the designation of a "National Day of Personal Reflection and Repentance."

2) Calls upon the people of the nation to humble ourselves as we see fit, before our Creator to acknowledge our final dependence upon Him and to repent of our national sins.

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