Back in August, we noted that the Southern Baptist Convention was launching a 40 day prayer vigil timed to coincide with the election and now it looks like those affiliated with Coral Ridge Ministries will be joining them, albeit with a much more targeted vigil of prayer and fasting:
The foundation launched in honor of famed Christian speaker, broadcaster and leader D. James Kennedy, who founded the Coral Ridge Ministries, has announced a day of prayer for Nov. 3.
“We are about to set a course that will affect our country for generations to come,” said a statement from Jennifer Kennedy Cassidy of the D. James Kennedy Foundation.
“For this reason we are calling on all Christian leaders and their congregations to join with us for a day of fasting and prayer the day before the election on Monday, November 3rd,” she said … “We’re less than a week until the most important election in our lifetime. Must is at stake that is vital to our nation,” she said.
Back in 2007, after its founder D. James Kennedy retired and then passed away, Coral Ridge announced that it was going to de-emphasize its focus on politics in favor of “increasing its worldwide audience to 30 million by 2012, mainly by expanding its Internet, TV and print presence.” And that is pretty much what they did for a while, shying away from overt political activities in favor of producing various culture war videos that, while still political in nature, focused mainly on warning Christians that their rights were being suppressed and that their churches were going to be shut down.
But apparently those days have passed. In fact, if you take a look at Coral Ridge’s website, you’ll see an open letter [PDF] they have written to the next president urging him to protect the unborn and the protection of marriage, fight hate crimes laws and the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, while also prosecuting pornographers and ensuring that America continues to celebrate its “Christian heritage.”