Why would a faith-based ministry to our leaders rally citizens to sign "petitions"? Because we understand the "why" behind the First Amendment's guarantee of the right to petition our government.
Why did our Founders find it so important to include this right to petition alongside the right to free press and the free exercise of religion? Because petitions point us... up. The very idea of a petition stems from an understanding of petitions and prayers embedded in our Judeo-Christian ethic. God has given us access to Him to petition Him. And since earthly government is a dim reflection of God's governance, our Founders included the guarantee that we can also petition our earthly leaders for a "redress of our grievances."
Many of our "petitions" here at Faith & Action are designed to bring together people of faith for the purpose of focused prayers and petitions for our nation and our leaders. But we also organize issue-based petitions when circumstances demand.
Interestingly, at the top of the Rotunda of our U.S. Capitol is found The Apotheosis Of Washington, which depicts George Washington "rising to the heavens in glory," according to the Architect of the Capitol's website. Today, those visiting the Rotunda and viewing the fresco on display 180 feet above the floor can't help but point their gaze heavenward.
For most of our nation's history, our people and our leaders found no inherent conflict between faith and government. Rather, they willingly fixed their eyes on the heavenly prize and embraced the Christian principles that are embedded in the values and ideals that shaped our nation.
Will you join us in "looking up" while we petition God and our leaders for a rise of faith in our land?