DC 40 Releases First Part of Prayer Guide

Although James Nesbit, director of DC 40, spent as much space in his newsletter yesterday addressing Pagans as he did writing to his own followers, he also announced the release of the first part of the DC 40 prayer guide, which demonstrates the initiative’s commitment to the principles of Christian Dominionism.

The guide is entitled Declaration of Dependence: How To Heal Our Nation Through Prayer and written by Dr. Marlene McMillan. It is also being released as a book, but the PDF “sneak peek” on the DC 40 website includes the introductory material and the first twelve chapters. Each chapter is a guide for how to pray during the corresponding day of the DC 40 effort. The content of these prayer guides and the results the “prayer warriors” expect to see in the real world shows exactly what they intend and desire for their theocracy.

The introductory material includes a fig-leaf statement about the disagreements between different flavors of would-be theocrats:

There is also a controversy in the Christian community about the goal of our efforts. Some believe that we are to implement Christianity directly into the laws in a way that forces our way of thinking on others. This group of people is more likely to say things like, “Since we are a Christian nation….” However, we are a nation of Christians, not a Christian nation, living with non-Christians because of having a civil body politic that allows space for liberty of conscience.

Regardless, the rest of the content follows the familiar lines of Dominionist rhetoric: the Founders were all Christians and intended the US to be Christian, believers are authorized to “take dominion” over all areas of life, discussion of “generational iniquity” and how non-believers are “living under curses,” and so on. Regardless of whether they are Dominionists, Reconstructionists, theonomists, or anything else, their intentions do not allow for any “liberty of conscience” for anyone who disagrees with them.

Each day’s guide follows a common format, with descriptions of what they see as a problem, Bible verses on the topic, and the desired solution. Then readers are given a list of things to repent for, a prayer for forgiveness, and a “directive,” a sort of prayer that tells Yahweh what to do to fix the situation.

The first day’s guide is entitled “A Wounded and Broken Nation,” and says that the problem stems from “Thinking that some areas of life are secular and some are spiritual.” It describes the results as:

• Feeling abandoned/rejected/alone.
• Bi-polar and split personality problems.
• A compartmentalizing lifestyle.
• Not allowing God to solve all of our problems.
• Self-destructive independence (to the point of rejecting God).

In order to achieve “a healthy, healed, whole, and prosperous nation” readers are exhorted:

1. Allowing the false premise that some areas of life are secular and some spiritual to pervade our land.
2. Accepting the marginalization of the principles of God’s Word and those who stand for them from the mainstream of our society.
3. Allowing the culture to infect our churches instead of the fruit of the Spirit being so strong in the lives of Christian individuals that we transform our culture into the image of Jesus.

The directive begins:

Yahweh, diffuse Your light into the hearts, minds and understanding of this nation to see that all areas of life are spiritual; declare a new understanding that every area of culture is spiritual and the Bible’s principles answer every human problem.

It continues on in this vein for several paragraphs. As shown here, one of McMillan’s particular concerns is that Christians should use the name “Yahweh” rather than the title “God” to address their deity; her acknowledgment that “god” is not always a reference to the Christian concept of deity is very nearly an acknowledgement of polytheism. In another way, though, this reflects DC 40’s fanaticism for particularism – simple ceremonial deism with references to a god that may be interpreted by Muslims as a reference to Allah is unacceptable to them. Again, this narrow sub-sect of Christianity sees all who disagree with it as the enemy.

Another day is for “Fear of Man in the Schools,” where followers are told to resist the secular nature of public schools. The solutions to this include nods to both homeschooling and transforming the public school system to make it a Christian institution. Following that is an entire day about abortion, with some of the goriest language of all.

One other oddity crops up a few times: McKinnon touts herself as a teacher of “Kingdom economics,” and that concern of hers is shown by days being dedicated to financial and economic problems. She tells people to repent for “the sin of debt” and “Trusting in man’s financial systems instead of God’s.” This problem will be solved, she says, when even churches refuse to go into debt for building projects, and that as a country “We will no longer be a debtor nation when our individuals are no longer in debt and we decide to submit ourselves to the immutable economic laws of the universe. This includes a commitment to a gold standard and not accepting fiat currencies.”

This kind of explicit policy directive does not go unnoticed by those reading this guide, and it will affect how they think and vote about political issues far outside the sphere of religious liberty. DC 40 is fully committed to the mixture of church and state that lies at the heart of Christian Dominionism. Our efforts to protect religious liberty should also prepare us to petition not just Columbia but also our lawmakers to guarantee the freedoms we enjoy.

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Literata is a Wiccan who studies theaology and enjoys developing poetry and rituals. Her work has appeared in several anthologies, including Mandragora and Anointed as well as multiple periodicals. She also blogs at Forging Futures and writes for her own site, Works of Literata, . When she's not leading Rose Coven, reading Tarot or communing with nature, she works on her Ph.D. dissertation in history and enjoys travel and spending time with her husband and four cats. Please note that everything Literata writes here is solely her own personal opinion. It does not represent the position of any organization with which she is affiliated.

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