Did You Miss “National Fast Day” On Tuesday?


Talk about red-faced! I ate stuff on Tuesday, and I had no idea until just now—thanks Philly Weekly for the alert!—that I did so even though the Pennsylvania House didn’t want me to! They’d declared the day “National Fast Day” in the commonwealth, encouraging residents to forego eating stuff in the hopes that God won’t wreak his mighty vengeance upon us and condemn Pennsylvanians to, I dunno, being ranked 49th in the nation in job-creation or something. (Wyoming knows what it did to God.)

The resolution itself is mostly a quote of President Lincoln’s similar proclamation of a National Fast Day in 1863, because Lincoln trumps sniveling secularism every time. He said:

And whereas it is the duty of nations as well as of men, to own their dependence upon the overruling power of God, to confess their sins and transgressions, in humble sorrow, yet with assured hope that genuine repentance will lead to mercy and pardon; and to recognize the sublime truth, announced in the Holy Scriptures and proven by all history, that those nations only are blessed whose God is the Lord.

Which is a great and dramatic expression of humility coming, as it did, during a terrible and deadly Civil War that was horrifying for just about everybody involved. Coming from the Pennsylvania House in 2013, though, it feels more like a cudgel reminding the rest of us that we’re not quite Christian enough for our masters in Harrisburg.