WHEREAS, in times of trouble, even those who have been granted power by the people must turn to God in humility for wisdom, mercy and direction. In the spirit of the Book of Joel, Chapter 2, Verses 15-16, I urge a solemn gathering of prayer and fasting. As those verses admonish: “15Blow the trumpet in Zion, declare a holy fast, call a sacred assembly … 16 Gather
the people, consecrate the assembly… “As Jesus prayed publicly for the benefit of others in
John II :41-42, so should we express our faith in this way.
NOW, THEREFORE, I PAUL R. LEPAGE, Governor of the State of Maine, do hereby proclaim
August 6th as
A Day of Prayer and Fasting for Our Nation
This is highly exclusionary and a misuse of public office. LePage cannot constitutionally use the government of Maine to endorse a day of prayer. (The fasting will be good for him and other Mainers of his girth, though.) The only positive thing that can be taken from this is that at least LePage is being honest and not pretending like he’s declaring a day for all religions. It’s pretty obvious he just means his.