My Dad and I participated in the Mesquite Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast (5 May 2016). It was encouraging to see so many citizens, leaders, and pastors come together to offer public prayers to the triune God in the name of Jesus Christ for our city, state, and nation.

I appreciated Mayor Stan Pickett’s charge from Isaiah 58:1. “Cry aloud; do not hold back; lift up your voice like a trumpet.”

The rest of that verse says “declare to my people their transgression.” In light of that same scripture, I would have liked to hear a corporate confession of sins and a call to repentance. God knows we stumble in many ways and fall short of his glory.

I look forward to the next prayer breakfast with Mayor Pickett in July. (Jer. 29:7; 1 Tim. 2:1-6)

On a side note: The on-screen background image depicted Old Glory looming large behind the old rugged cross.

As a pastor I feel compelled to remind us of a foundational truth. We must keep in mind that the way of the cross is counter-cultural and world-defying. As Luther said: “The cross puts everything to the test” — even the USA. Where we pass the test, we must rejoice in the Lord. Where we fail the test, we must repent and return to the Lord.

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Chief Charles Cato praying for public safety officials / Photo via Mesquite Texas City Hall