The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

June 3, 2013

Letter: May NOC, institutions continue public prayer

Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — In the May 18 letter to the editor by Mr. Jerry Ray Galbreath, former NOC instructor, he states “NOC Enid is a state government-supported college, and prayer has no place in its public events!”

Prayer does, indeed, have a place in every part of our national life, public and private! Recognizing the God of creation is appropriate everywhere, for He is before all things and in Him all things hold together.

You said, “the inclusion ... of a Christian Invocation and Benediction in the recent Commencement ... is an insult to every Jewish, Buddhist, Muslim and secular student among the student body present and past!”

It is an insult to most Christians for Invocations and Benedictions to be omitted from momentous events as graduation.

When a government entity, the Congress, has prayer in its agenda, surely it is in order for prayer in our houses of learning. Yet, Mr. Galbreath wonders if “it will take a lawsuit to change this practice” of prayer in state-supported institutions!

Mr. Galbreath spoke against the public display of the Ten Commandments in schools and courthouses.

The fact is many of our civil laws of the land are based on those Ten Commandments.

Without them, there is chaos — do we have chaos in society today? We surely do!

The commandments were given to guide daily living and to show us our need for the one, Jesus Christ, who perfectly obeyed them.

He offers Himself to us as the provision for our not obeying them perfectly. We come to know Jesus by faith alone, in Him alone. Any nation does well to remember the God of creation, through prayer, public and private!

May NOC and other institutions continue the practice of public prayer.

Karen Womack