Aimee Patton

A pleasantly eccentric take on politics

Kansas, once a state, now officially has declared itself a church.  In an effort to prove himself a true man of faith, Governor Brownback has declared the entire state of KS a church.  This new declaration goes far beyond just the Capitol in Topeka where bible study has been going on for years violating the first amendment, but to the entire state.

Now Brownback can comfortable serve as “pastor-in-chief”, a label that was recently put on him by the Americans United by the Separation of Church and State when Brownback spoke at the ReignDown USA Conference that was broadcast to over 25 million views via television and internet.

How did KS go from being a state to being a church you might be asking?  Let’s take a little journey shall we? A little journey down ReignDown USA lane.

Now it’s no secret that Governor Brownback is a Christian man.  He has never hid his faith.  He is so passionate about his faith that he went so far as to declare on November 20, 2012 a Day of Restoration by hosting the ReignDown USA event from Topeka.  Here is the proclamation that Governor Brownback offered:

Proclamation by Kansas Governor Sam Brownback

November 20, 2012

TO THE PEOPLE OF KANSAS, GREETINGS:

WHEREAS, the State of Kansas will host the national simulcast of REIGNDOWN USA in Topeka on December 8, 2012, bringing thousands here from across the country; and

WHEREAS, people from across America will join the millions from around the world on TV simulcast live from MacLennan Park, in the heart of America; and

WHEREAS, the first REIGNDOWN celebration was held 2008 in Washington DC, on the Capitol Grounds, introduced by proclamation of the President of the United States of America, with millions participating on site, on TV, and by computer; and

WHEREAS, regional REIGNDOWN events continued until the need was seen for the gathering to be held in the heart of our Nation; and

WHEREAS, many of our families have slid into poverty, endangering out next generation of citizens, our lands are parched by drought, our quality jobs are scarce, business and industry are struggling to expand, and many of our people have fallen into despair; and

WHEREAS, our Nation’s greatest leaders have called on a merciful God for favor during troubled times, such as:

“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.” – Abraham Lincoln, 1863.

“The propitious [favorable] smiles of Heaven can never be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right which Heaven itself has ordained.” – George Washington, 1789.

“I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that his justice cannot sleep forever.” – Thomas Jefferson, 1787; and

WHEREAS, we collectively repent of distancing ourselves from God and ask for His mercy on us:

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Sam Brownback, GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF KANSAS, do hereby proclaim December 8th 2012, as a

Day of Restoration

in Kansas and ask every citizen of our state to join in asking a Holy God to bring healing and restoration – help in mending broken lives, bringing peace to our families, our communities, and this land.

DONE: At the Capitol in Topeka
under the Great Seal of the
State this 23rd day of 
November, A.D. 2012

BY THE GOVERNOR: Sam Brownback

Sounds pretty Gosh Darn Official if you ask me.  Ok, now if you keep on scrolling on ReignDown’s website after Minister Brownback’s proclamation, you will find this right after his entry:

God is calling ReignDown USA to Kansas

May 29, 2012

ReignDown USA will be holding a national prayer, worship and personal repentance gathering in Kansas on December 8, 2012. Similar to our first national gathering on April 26, 2008, we will be calling people throughout our nation to join us on that day with venues in every state. More details will be provided soon.

Here’s how you can help:

  1. Pray for God to reveal his desires for that day, that His people will hear His call and be obedient and that his complete and perfect will is accomplished.
  2. Spread the word.
  3. Offer a donation. A donation may be made online or by writing a check and sending it to: ReignDown USA, 20118 N. 67th Ave., Suite 300-235, Glendale, AZ 85308.

This is also part of the “Prayer Guide”:

Finances

Pray that all current, outstanding obligations will be paid off in the near future so RDUSA will be debt free. Pray for God to establish for RDUSA a positive and adequate cash flow to meet and exceed all on-going obligations, covering all overhead, communication expenses, marketing expenditures and all unusual financial requirements. Pray for RDUSA to be the very best stewards of all entrusted resources until Jesus returns for His bride.

I am simply asking an ethical question here – is it ethical for the governor of KS to be offering a Day of Restoration specific to Christianity with an organization that is soliciting donations specific to furthering their cause? I’m not saying that their cause is right or wrong, but if a governor was offering a day of Muslim Prayer for the State of KS and that prayer was posted to a Muslim Website soliciting donations to further their cause, what would people think?

What do you think?  Isn’t this blurring the lines a bit?

This is a bit more than a holiday tree outside of the Capitol.

Signing off from the Church of KS.

Aimee

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