Pet Peeve: National Day of Anything

Don’t take this personally but I am not a fan of National Days. Not because of what they represent but how some people tend to take them to seriously. A perfect example is today. Today is the National Day of Prayer. A day for people of faith to come together and pray for our nations, leaders, and world struggles. It is a day where many people come together at the same time to ask for God’s direction and power in everything that effects us today. This is not a bad thing.

Today is also the National Day of Reason (thanks Hollie). On this day many people come together on the issue of separation of church and state. They claim that what we need is not a day of prayer and vain religion but a day of reasonable action. They even encourage people to have events with names like “Day of Action, Day of Service, or Rational Day of Care”. Their purpose is “to provide a positive, useful, constitutional alternative to the exclusionary National Day of Prayer”. They want reasonable people to care, act, serve and this also is not a bad thing.

Here are a couple of the reason why these types of days bother me. Not everyone will fall into these categories but they are a sampling of what tends to happen.

1. Who doesn’t want to wear the ribbon?! syndrome. (reference) – This come to play when some does not actively participate in said day. You can feel it in statements like these. “It is a Christian duty to participate in the National Day of Prayer.” Really? I thought it was a Christians duty to pray but I missed the part about “National Days of Prayer”. I don’t recall Jesus ever telling everyone that if you loved him then meet him at the pole. Again, it’s a great thing to pray as a nation but it should not be an elitist kind of thing.

This is also true on the other side. Maybe May 1st doesn’t work for me as a day to act. Maybe I have to work and have a bar mitzvah to attend. It’s not that I don’t care but sometimes my actions don’t fit everyone elses schedule. Cut me some slack.

2. One good day makes up for a year of neglect syndrome. – These are the people who champion “a day” while not doing anything the rest of the time. They look great at their public events but when no one else is looking they are laying on their couch eating Funyuns while watching American Idol or Dancing with the Stars. Again, I’m not saying it’s bad to have “a day” but that day ought to birthed out of a lifestyle. Have a day to pray for your nation but do it every other day as well. Have a day of service or action but make it a part of your every other day routine as well. A day of anything is only as authentic as the priority you give every other day of the year.

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