Day of Repentance & Prayer
Proclamation of 3rd April, 2015
As a Day of Repentance and Prayer
For the Southern Nation
Southerners! We have sinned against Almighty God.
The Southern National Congress calls upon the people of the South—a people who believe that the Lord reigns, and that His overruling Providence orders all things—to unite in prayer and humble submission under His chastening hand, and to beseech His favor on our suffering Southland.
It is good that when trials and reverses of liberty befall us we should seek to take home to our hearts and consciences the lessons which they teach, and profit by the self-examination for which they prepare us. Personal successes have made us self-confident and forgetful of our reliance on Him; the love of money has eaten like a gangrene into the very heart of the land, converting too many among us into worshippers of gain and rendering them unmindful of their duty to their country, to their fellow-men, and to their God. Who then will presume to complain when we are chastened, or despair of our just cause of liberty, and the protection of our Heavenly father?
Let us rather receive in humble thankfulness the lessons which He teaches us, devoutly acknowledging that to Him, and not to our own feeble arms, are due the honor and the glory of victory; that from Him, in His paternal providence, come the anguish and sufferings of defeats and failures, and that, whether in victory or defeat, our humble supplications are due at His footstool.
Now, therefore, I, David O Jones, as Chairman of the Southern National Congress, do issue this proclamation setting apart Good Friday, the 3rd day of April 2015, as a day of fasting, humiliation, and prayer; and I do hereby invite the people of the Southern States to repair on that day to their respective places of public worship. And to unite in supplication for the favor and protection of that God who has hitherto conducted us safely through all the dangers that attended us.
We also call upon the Governors, Legislatures, and Congregations of the southern States to join in proclaiming and observing the appointed day of repentance and prayer for the southern Nation.
If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen.
What is liberty without wisdom and without virtue?