Father, as we, the citizens of the United States of America, enter into another campaign season, we remember that you have told us that if your people will humble themselves and seek your face and repent, you will hear us and heal us. You have also said that if we confess our sins you are faithful and just and you will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. God, we bow before you today. We are humble. We repent. Please hear our prayer. Please, forgive us…

Forgive us for what we have taught our children. For teaching them that evil is good and good is evil, that darkness is light and light is darkness, that bitter is sweet and sweet is bitter, that left is right and right is wrong, and that true is false and falsehood is true.

Forgive us for making justice unjust and injustice just. Forgive us for celebrating lies rather than pursuing truth.

Forgive us for teaching sexual promiscuity in our schools more effectively than we have taught sexual restraint to our students. Forgive us, for teaching values clarification more than virtue. Forgive us for diminishing the value of marital fidelity and leaving our kids clueless as to how to defend the definition of marriage. Forgive us for dumbing down the definition of a human being to nothing but the sum total of his or her sexual inclinations; to nothing but appetites, proclivities, and passions.

Forgive us for pretending that we believe women should not be subjected to the power and the passions of men but then electing men who use women for their personal passions.

Forgive us for leading the generation that follows us to believe it has the authority to define life for the generation that follows it.

Forgive us for our narcissism: For proclaiming we are “as God;” that “we are the ones we’ve been waiting for and that we are the change we seek.” Forgive us for supporting candidates who are more arrogant than they are humble and more proud than they are principled.

Forgive us for our self-refuting duplicity of pedantically preaching that the tolerant do not tolerate those they find intolerable. Forgive us for the hypocrisy of hating those we find hateful.

Forgive us for boasting of freedom while yet living in bondage to our own deception. Forgive us for separating head from heart and fact from faith, and for severing belief from behavior and religion from reason. Forgive us for, as C.S. Lewis warned, “Removing the organ and yet demanding the function” — for creating “men without chests” — for the foolishness of expecting cultural sanity while removing our culture’s soul.

Forgive us for worshiping government more than God.

Today, we ask you to forgive us, Father. We humbly petition you to grant a reprieve of your judgment. Please rescue us from the ugly hell of our own making and give us liberty within the bounds of your law and free us from the bondage of our licentiousness. In the days ahead, please give us leaders more interested in promoting your “self-evident” truths than they are in promoting their self-serving agendas.

In the name Christ and not Caesar we pray: God, please hear us, heal us and forgive us.