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House Republicans Sing 'Amazing Grace' Together to Open Debt Limit Meeting

House Republicans opened a debt limit meeting Tuesday morning with a group singing of "Amazing Grace."

"All three verses, without the words written out," Rep. Michael Burgess (R-TX) told a New York Times reporter. "Isn't that impressive?"

Rep. Steve Southerland (R-IL), who was in charge of leading the morning prayer, broke out in song, and slowly the entire group began to sing along, a LA Times writer reported.

After hearing about the other chamber's singing exploits, Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-VA) could not resist commenting.

"Isn't that usually sung at funerals?" he told The Huffington Post.

House Republicans are currently discussing legislation that would delay a tax on medical devices for two years and eliminate health care subsidies for the president and Congress, although Congressional staffers would still be covered.

The bill contrasts with a Senate bill that barely touches Obamacare. Both the bills could potentially set the stage for another financial showdown next year as they call for the government to re-open through mid-January and extend the debt-limit into February. However, they would also require that a broader tax and spending plan into the next decade be reached by negotiators in December.

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  • Mex Seiko

    This year marked the 40th year of the legalization of abortion and about 55 millionth destruction of human life by abortion. Abortion is the result of the sin of fornication and adultery, which has become so common place on this land. When we sanction through law as Domestic Partnerships what we know is a fornicating or homosexual relationship, we become party to sin and it becomes national. Nineteen hundred and seventy three was also the year when the Education Department eliminated Creation as alternative to the theory of evolution in Science Class. Since then, lawsuit after lawsuit to delete God from the schools and every government premises has been held in our national courts. All these acts should've been seen as treasonous and attempts against our national security. But now, we find ourselves living in uncertainty, terrorized by the potential economic downfall, multi-Trillion dollar debt.

    Perhaps America has been tried, measured, and found wanting. We're passed prayer now, our judgment has begun. God is long-suffering but He is just and He may have removed His hand of protection and favor over America.

    • Tagdogs

      55 Million lives destroyed and the majority of these were black by race and yet black Americans still mindlessly support the democratic party and their killing of the unborn (and sometimes even the born–as in those who survive abortion, only to be left to die–you know, that bill IL State Senator Barak Obama supported). Black Americans need to wake up and start thinking for themselves instead of being led by the nose and taken for granted by these democrats.

      • oldman67

        I am sorry but it will never happen because the majority of blacks either don't care or are not aware of their ancestors history under the democratic party. As long as the government provides for them they will always vote for a democratic candidate. They didn't care about Obama's ties to Marxist, socialist, communist ,former terrorist and especially the Muslim Brotherhood because whitey is the cause of all their misfortunes. It is mostly the white taxpayer that pays for the many benefits they receive from the government. @008 exit polls blacks voted for Obama 97%. 2012 exit polls blacks that voted for Obama 94%.They didn't seem to learn much during those four years. Hispanics went from 68% for Obama in 2008 to 74% for Obama in 2012. it is true. When you rob Peter to pay Paul you can always count on the support of Paul. When you have 50% paying no federal taxes and a ever shrinking tax base those government entitlements can not last forever.

        • Tagdogs

          You're probably right and sometimes, it takes longer than we would like to educate lazy and ignorant people and if amnesty passes, it is only going to get worse by ten fold. The really bad part is that as it gets worse, I think you are going to see a lot of businesses either going out of business or packing up and moving to another country and we'll lose thousands and thousands of jobs and have to import what little we now produce in America. We'll become a dependent consuming nation instead of a productive nation. This is already happening, if you look at all the things you buy that say, "Made in China".

          • Mex Seiko

            Most unfortunate fact. They won't even learn from other prominent blacks that have succeeded overcoming the ghettoes and dependence on the government welfare shackles and the culture of entitlement. The Democrats turned the Civil War into a battle and the national politics into a war between the two parties buying votes by catering to interest groups like blacks, gays, Latinos, immigrants, women, abortionists, etc., etc., etc.. The Republicans have not been abet play that game and are getting killed and will disappear very soon. Then the whole nation will be enslaved by the government,

          • Tagdogs

            There will be a 2nd revolution before that happens. The democrats know that and that is why they are pushing so hard for gun control and are supporting the U.N. gun control measures. The far left knows damn well they are far out numbered by the conservatives and a few patriotic democrats. That's another reason obama is trying to rid the military of any commanders/generals who won't give an order to shot to kill American citizens. I feel there is going to be some real bloodshed, hope not, but freedom loving Americans are being pushed into a corner and that's not good. Waiting to see what happens with the "hot button" amnesty coming up.

          • Mex Seiko

            Unfortunately, you're making too much sense.

            HLS is getting ready to target practice on citizens with hollow points. Also, gearing up their own unmanned air force.

          • Ray_Downen

            I'm pleased to hear that some of our Representatives would join in singing about God's grace!

          • Ray_Downen

            How thrilling it has been to hear BEN CARSON speak about the needs of the nation and his hopes for us in the future.

          • Mex Seiko

            I love that he rightfully owns it when he says that politics is not like brain surgery.

      • millergroup2

        As long as the "Obama Phone" is made available, that will never happen. You know the ole "Smile in your face, stab you in the back"? That is the obummer administration's trick to the unsuspecting people's. Pretend to be your friend, savior, etc and spit on you. So they wiped the spit off and voted for the "Liar in Chief" again. They will always be sleeping, while the rest of us are on the battle ground fighting in their place. Go figure…………………………..

    • millergroup2

      Mex, we are never past the point of prayer. Why would you say such a thing? It's like telling everyone to lie down, and say oh well it's too late now, judgement is upon us, and it is too late to ask God to have mercy on this country. Many verses within His Word speak of the "11th Hour". God never stops listening, never sleeps, and holds back judgement until the very last moment. With God, all things are possible. When he does remove His hand of protection from this country, you will know immediately, and without question or doubt. Remember God told Lot, that if he could find just one true believer at Gomorrah, that God would relent from harsh judgement on that Country. God told Job, "come let us reason together" My point is this Mex, God will and has changed His mind "in the moment". So always encourage others to pray. That prayer may just be the prayer that saves this Great Country! Never, never give up.

      You said:
      "God is long-suffering but He is just and He may have removed His hand of protection and favor over America."

      And God says to you:

      ISA 55:8

      "For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways," declares the LORD.

      • Mex Seiko

        I hear you, bro, and I agree with you 100%. I'm not a prophet of doom. But biblical history shows us that Israel's repentance and restoration always came after judgment. Israel is an example for the rest of the world. We saw with Jeremiah's ministry of 40 years ending in the 18 month seizure of the city, hunger, death, and captivity. Some of that punishment was due to the sin of slavery. America has already judged for the sin of slavery in the Civil War. Read Lincoln's 2nd Inaugural speech. After the Civil War, America continued hurting people with racism and disrcimination. Abortion has limited the birth rate of Blacks and other minorities and I tell you, there's no sign of abortion decrease. Too many Christian vote in support of the party that campaigns on the support of abortion, homosexuality, and government dependence.

        I pray for the nation, but I think Rapture will come before a national repentance and restoration of the nation.

        I could be wrong, but I believe Ezek 38, 39 will occur in 2014.

        • Ray_Downen

          Good for Mex. I note that the Bible never speaks of a rapture such as is expected by some Christians. It's hard to believe that any true Christian would vote for a Muslim in any office in this nation. Only by pretending to NOT be a Muslim can a Muslim win election in the U.S.A. At least I hope that's the case. Yet we do have a Muslim President now by all appearances.

  • Vanna

    Rep Connolly was correct when he said that is usually sung at funerals. It's the Death of America. Mex Seiko has the right answer, we've turned our backs on God. But I believe for those that still seek him, we will be preserved through this. But we better get ready while there's still time. God bless America,

    • aceituna

      It is usually sung at funerals because the deceased has indicated that this hymn is one of his/her favorites. It is a favorite because it is sung often at worship services and expresses what the believer feels.

  • agbjr

    “Providence has given to our people the choice of their rulers. And it is the duty as well as the privilege and interest, of a Christian nation to select and prefer Christians for their rulers."

    John Jay, 1797
    First Chief Justice of the Supreme Court

    • Bighoss

      Fortunately, Jay's bigotry was not acceptable to subsequent wiser heads that followed him on the court.

      • philote

        Jay was known for being "of a suspicious temperament" and often obstinate, but was by no means a bigot. Many of his contemporaries, most of whom often had disagreements with him, described him as "of profound sagacity (discerning and of sound judgement) and pure integrity" [Alexander Hamilton]; "honest, virtuous, religious, with a conscience, and persecuted as all conscientious men are…"[John Adams]; And no less than George Washington, who nominated him for the Supreme Court recognized his integrity and fairness and doggedness for true justice: "In nominating you for the important Station, which you now fill, I not only acted in conformity to my best judgment, but I trust I did a grateful thing to the good citizens of these United States; and I have a full Confidence that the love which you bear to our country, and a desire to promote the general happiness, will not suffer you to hesitate a moment to bring into action the talents, knowledge, and integrity which are so necessary to be exercised at the head of that department which must be considered as the keystone of our political fabric"

        It is sad, indeed, that the Judiciary, what Washington rightly called the "keystone of our political fabric" has since gone astray from the direction so wisely set forth by our founders.

        A bigot, by definition is "one who, as a result of their prejudices, treats other people with fear, distrust, hatred, contempt, or intolerance"

        That more accurately describes the "progressive" mindset of many in politics and the judiciary today who label disagreement as "hate", opinion as "intolerance" and discernment as "prejudice".

        It is not bigotry to speak the truth as evidenced by millennia of history. Such truth was spoken by John Jay in the quote which you responded to with an unfounded accusation of bigotry.

        And such truth was spoken by John Adams when he advised and warned us:
        "Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other." We would do well to consider his words and remember why the body politic and the judiciary are so bent on disregarding, re-interpreting, and removing from our society so much of the Constitution, its limits on government and its protection of personal liberty. To put it plainly we have fallen far as a people – we are no longer the moral and religious people the Constitution was designed for.

        • Bighoss

          In all of that, you have offered nothing that justifies the bigotry of John Jay in his assertion that it is the duty of Americans to select and prefer Christians as their rulers. To base the selection of "rulers" primarily upon the religious preferences of candidates is a pure form of bigotry. You need to obtain a dictionary and study up on the definition of bigotry.

          • Ray_Downen

            Good common sense proves that this nation prospered when led by people who loved God and is being ruined by people who do NOT love or seek to serve Him. George W. Bush sought to please God and we did well. Ronald Reagan sought to please God and we did well. Dwight D. Eisenhower sought to please God and we did well. Abraham Lincoln sought to please God and we did well. Jimmy Carter intended well also. But we note that good intentions not joined with good common sense are not good for the nation.

          • Bighoss

            Under false pretenses ("weapons of mass destruction"), George W. Bush plunged this nation into an unnecessarily, deadly, and costly war in Iraq that left that nation worse off than before the war started, a war that Bush declared essentially over some nine years before it actually was! We did NOT "do well" under Bush. He financed that ill-conceived and costly war with debt, since he did not want to upset his warmongering wingnut supporters by raising taxes to finance it as we have done in every other major military armed conflict in this nation's history. That debt will be generations in paying off. Bush was a JOKE as a President and anyone who claims we "did well" during his term of office has to have his head somewhere other than on his shoulders. The Bush-Cheney-Rumsfeld-Wolfowitz war machine was an atrocity!

          • Ray_Downen

            Hoss would have preferred that President Bush didn't respond to the attacks on us, it seems. I admire President Bush. I feel he served us well. I'm sorry that some don't understand why his moves were well planned and executed for the good of the nation.

          • Bighoss

            Hoss would have preferred that we not have gone to war in Iraq, since Iraq was NOT responsible for the attacks on us. Saddam Hussein had no use for Al Qaeda. Iraq did not plan or execute the attacks on 9/11/2001. Iraq was not creating and stockpiling weapons of mass destruction The Bushite basis for attacking Iraq was BOGUS, as has been proven over and over.

            Afghanistan did harbor terrorists involved in violence against the U.S., but Bush foolishly pulled our troops out of that country way before we finished the job of dealing with those terrorists. Bush was so eager to get our armies into Iraq that he pulled out of Afghanistan prematurely, thus giving the Taliban, Al Qaeda, and various warlords associated with them ample time to re-group. You know the rest.

            Bush was a doltish commander in chief whose ludicrous miscalculations and tactical errors are responsible for huge and unnecessary losses of American life and treasure!

          • Ray_Downen

            Bush did well for this nation. He felt we should assist freedom fighters in Iraq for the good of the world. He was right. His aims in Afghanistan were equally noble. We surely have learned by now that for ones who love liberty to interfere in other nations and support Islam there is not wise. Islam's aim is to rule the entire world, including the U.S.A. and the new nation which may have to form as a result of losing the U.S.A. to Obama and other enemies of liberty.

          • Bighoss

            Keep telling yourself those things, Ray, but they just ain't so. There were no freedom fighters in Iraq, just Sunnies who hated Shia and wanted them dead and Shia who hated Sunnis and wanted them dead. Now that we have wrecked their country to "make it free for democracy," they are still bombing each other to kingdom come and their magnificent patriotic leaders are stealing the country blind. But that's okay with true believers like you, who think the chaotic conditions we left Iraq with are worth over 4,000 dead Americans, tens of thousands horribly wounded for life, and many others with post-traumatic shock syndrome from having suffered through multiple deployments in that hell hole.

          • Ray_Downen

            We were winning in Iraq until Obama became our commander-in-chief. The mess now there is not the fault of Republicans or our armed forces.

      • Ray_Downen

        Bigotry? Good common sense, I call it. This nation does well when led by people who love God and seek to serve Him.

    • philote

      Wise advice. It's too bad that this country did not prefer to remain a nation founded and still found in Christian belief and practice, and so no longer prefer rulers who know they as well as we are all under the rulership of God and therefore should act accordingly.

  • byronspokane

    Call it what you want, singing a hyum in a group in the halls of Congress is ' STUPID '. I well have no part that.

    • agbjr

      For many years weekly public Sunday Services were held regularly in the House chamber … it that, too, a problem for you?

      "If we abide by the principles taught in the Bible, our country will go on prospering."

      Senator Daniel Webster

      • gtm615

        Some of you like to yell about our first amendment right to freedom of religion which got turned on it's head into your battle cry of "Separation of Church and State". But the phrase was never intended to take on the meaning it has today. It's intent was to keep religions free from governmental dictates. It was never intended to keep religion out of government as so many revisionist and secularist historians attempt to convey. In fact, Thomas Jefferson was the first president to have religious services brought into both the white house and the halls of legislators.

      • byronspokane

        I'm 56, I would not attend such services. I don't want hyums ringing in my head. Praise songs, no problem. Some hyums are o.k. , I guess, but most, no thanks.

        • Ray_Downen

          Praise "songs" generally have little meaning. Hymns often have great meaning. Those who love God want to say so and encourage others to know about Him and His Way. We love to sing hymns because we love Jesus.

          • byronspokane

            Dude, I grew-up with hymns, you can have it. Praise songs I much rather listen to an sing. Praise songs mean more to me, an that's where I stand.

          • philote

            56 years old and saying "dude" as a personal address? It does not lend itself to garnering respect for your words. It would help with those you engage in conversation if you used their name, at least, or some other sign of respect.

          • byronspokane

            philote, Quite right. I have had some call me Dude to. But your right for the most part.

          • Ray_Downen

            We all should respect Byron for speaking up for what he likes. Good for him! Everyone should do so!

          • Ray_Downen

            Yes, Byron. You like "praise songs" with little meaning instead of hymns with Bible themes. That's your choice. You have the right to say what you like! Good for you.

          • byronspokane

            Friend, All those responces came from you, WOW. You be better off in a monestairy and chating hyums. That's the feedback I'll give you. To each their own religion and beliefs.

          • philote

            Most (not all) hymnology makes for good theology since most of the hymn writers loved their God and built their worship out of the Word of God. Music was but the means to make the words memorable (for instance, what we know as Amazing Grace still has the same words but a completely different melody that when it was originally penned). But much (by no means, all) of the modern music is about the music, not the words. Emotion is the key; feeling good about ourselves as "evidence" of being in "God's presence" is the purpose, instead of knowing our God and his omnipresence, even when we can't feel it – because He said it is so.

            It's not the music itself that's good or bad. It's the reason that many think the old hymns – scripture and scriptural themes memorialized with music – are dated, old, or irrelevant. It's the reason most prefer the less direct, "gentler", themes in the so-called "worship music" of today. It's a compromise of the truth; acceptance of ideals and ideology instead of acceptance of the Lord Jesus and His payment for our sins and His coming again in judgement.

            Paul warned Timothy of what would come: "For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires,and will turn away their ears from the truth and will turn aside to myths."

            In today's churches, and I've been in many of them, they believe worship to be the music/band and the worship leader to be a man.

            The only worship leader there can be is the Holy Spirit. That's what we need to bring the people to – no matter their musical preferences. That's why Paul encouraged Timothy, in light of an apostasy he knew would comet:

            "I solemnly charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by His appearing and His kingdom: preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction."

            So let's look less at the outward method and be sure we:
            Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful. Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God. Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father.

            In His love and peace, brothers.

          • byronspokane

            I do not like to sing hymns. I much rather sing Praise songs instead. Hymns are for the conservative. Again, that is where I stand. I don't want hymns in my thots.

          • Ray_Downen

            I'm glad that Byron is not a hypocrite. He has no use for God and says so. Hymns praise God. Byron doesn't want to praise or serve God. I happen to have that as my supreme goal in life. I love hymns. I'm blessed to be allowed to lead a hymn sing (a cappella by choice) at Spring River Christian Village in Joplin, Missouri each Wednesday and Sunday evening with several residents joining me in the singing.

          • byronspokane

            Another thot for you, to each their own beliefs and likings an dis-likings.

          • Ray_Downen

            Byron is honest. Good for him. God loves everyone, especially those who are honest and seek to do well for others.

      • philote

        They haven't.

        And it didn't.

        Proving once again the prophecy of John Adams to have come to pass:
        Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.

    • Ray_Downen

      As a citizen I rejoice that some in our Congress seek to please God!

  • Disgust

    connolly must have his head up his posterior orifice.

    • aceituna

      He definetly doesn't have a clue about Christian worship as this is a very popular song when proclaiming what God through Jesus has done for us.

      • Ray_Downen

        I wonder why some think every politician is serving Satan? Only some do so. And most who represent us there are honest and doing their best to serve the nation honorably. Even some Democrats mean well.

  • metro143

    They should have sang " I surrender all "
    AMEN

    • LroF5LFjiB

      Good one!

  • John Adams

    Sadly, for most of those involved I'm sure that it was nothing more than a ritual, no real meaning behind it.

    • Ray_Downen

      It's recommended that we not judge the motives of others. Why do some of us think we know what others were thinking?

      • John Adams

        Not judging motives; just inspecting fruit.

        • Ray_Downen

          You say you're not judging motives. You claim you're inspecting fruit. But your comment was concerning what they now are going to do as I understood you. We can't see fruit before the fruit appears. The Republicans in the House have done very well this term. What a pity there are not enough Republicans in the Senate to help the House accomplish good for the nation!

          • John Adams

            I've been VERY disappointed with the republicans in both the House and Senate. They aren't really much different than the democrats.

          • Ray_Downen

            John sees no difference between the good guys and the bad guys. The way they vote doesn't count with John. If they're there, they must be bad!

          • John Adams

            Oh, please tell us what makes the republicrats the "good guys".

          • Ray_Downen

            We Republicans are good "guys" (both men and women) because we love liberty and speak up for what is right. We also choose to live moral and helpful lives as citizens of this republic. With some exceptions who become apparent in time.

          • John Adams

            Actually, the same can be said for some demonrats. AND, that is NOT true of MANY republicrats.

  • Jean

    Well, at least Burgess voted no last night. However, for the majority of the others to sing it is hypocritical and self deceptive when they have lied and been ungracious to the American people. We know their is money to pay bills. They just want to hold us captive so they can play their power games.

  • ProclaimingGodsTruth

    They should repent before a Holy God. Lose the song and the warm fuzzy feeling it leaves and get down on their knees in sincere repentance for the sins of this nation!
    So unless this nation repents we can expect no relenting on God's judgments, here and coming our way. Not my words but God's – read Isaiah, Jeremiah and Ezekiel – they all condemned nations for not following God and His commandments. Instead, they followed their own righteousness – several times the Lord told the prophets that He would not even hear their prayers as they were so wicked and allowed wickedness to permeate the land -Isa 59:1-2, Jer 7:16, Jer 11:14, Jer 14:11.

    See any difference today in stubborn America?

    • Bro Steve Menard

      Sorry but we are no longer under the Old Covenant, there was no salvation there, they only were allowed to roll their sins forward yearly by Blood Sacrifice. God will always hear the prayers of Sinners or the Blood of Christ Jesus is in vain! He paid the price for All Humanity that we may have a means to become a Child of God by Rebirth thru the Water and the Spirit which is In, Through and By Jesus Lord and Christ!!! No Other Way of Salvation Except In, Through and By Jesus Christ Our Savior and Lord!!! But there will come a time when forgiveness will be no more, if we continue to Live Willfully In Sin!!! And if we continue to condone Wicked sinful activities we are partakers of that wickedness and sin!!! Christians MUST Stand Firm Against the Wickedness of Immorality, Murder of Unborn Children and other Sinfulness that is Destroying Christianity and America!!!
      Praise the Only Name Under Heaven, Given Among Men By Which We Must Be saved, Jesus!!! The Only Name by which Repentance and Remission of Sin was to be preached In His Name, Jesus!!!

      • ProclaimingGodsTruth

        Bro Steve – you are 98% correct in your comment and I thank you for upholding salvation in Christ alone with repentance. Realize as well, that the OT is without question very applicable to us today.
        +++
        You see our Lord doesn't change between the Testaments – Heb 13:8. He is the same yesterday, today and forever. Especially with His dealings with mankind.
        +++
        The Apostle Paul stated, – "Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come." -1 Cor 10:11 (KJV), meaning the things in the OT.
        +++
        The Lord's patience with unrepentant sin has a limit and those that push the limit or take advantage of His grace may have no further recourse. Heb 10:26.
        And in 2Pet 2:22, we have an example of a apostates.
        +++
        Name one of the Ten Commandments you can break today and still find yourself in God's grace? So many Christians today discount the teachings and revelation of God's character revealed in the OT. We should not do this.
        Shalom.

        • Ray_Downen

          We are wrong if we look to the Old Testament to learn how God NOW wants us to live. Jesus fulfilled every requirement of the Law. We are not now under the Mosaic Law. We are loved by God. All of us. Not just some, but all. And we show our love for Jesus and His Father by following apostolic teachings as stated in the NEW Testament books. This nation was founded by people who loved God and sought to please Him. It's now led by some with different goals. Wise citizens will still cherish liberty and shared love.

          • ProclaimingGodsTruth

            We cannot discard the OT! It is all about God and His Son Jesus Christ. God is the same yesterday, today and forever. Jesus fulfilled the Law and the Prophets – yes, but He didn't replace it. He even participated in it when He was here on the earth.

          • Ray_Downen

            Of course He "participated in it" as the only way to fulfill it. But it's the NEW Testament that's "all about God and His Son Jesus Christ." Only a few prophesies about Jesus are in the Old Testament, which doesn't add up to it being "all about God and His Son Jesus Christ." Jesus explained what the Law meant and demonstrated by His life how the Mosaic Law was to be obeyed.

            Jesus promised His apostles they would receive power and knowledge of ALL truth following their baptism in the Holy Spirit. Jesus keeps His promises. We learn about Jesus and apostolic teachings in apostolic writings rather than in the Old Testament.

          • ProclaimingGodsTruth

            Well, just an fyi but there are at least 351 prophecies about Jesus in the OT. From Gen 3:15, throughout the OT and into the NT are about Jesus Christ. We learn about Jesus as far back as Genesis.

    • Ray_Downen

      This nation is not ancient Israel/Judah. God loves individuals in every nation today, and offers eternal life freely to every person alive. This nation was founded by people who loved God and sought to please Him. It's now led by some who have no apparent love for God or respect for Him. Each citizen has the duty to vote. We of course vote according to our separate consciences. Fewer are able to believe that Obama intends good for the nation than once thought so. We have hopes for 2014 that fewer Democrats will be in office following the election. But God is in charge. We will see what we see.

  • Annegelinas

    They should have retaken their vows to the American People all of congress. They are all sounding like, and looking like slaves to money. It is all about money. It is all about power.
    But they are not the culprits here, we the people have a responsibility to vote them in or out. We are not using our rights properly at the voting booth. We are who votes and so far we
    can only look around at each other and ask Did I vote? Did my vote count? I pledge to vote every single time I have the opportunity to do so. Put pettiness aside and vote to keep America stable and get rid of all the unstable reps in Congress and the Senate and the white house. If not, and we the people don't put this country right, then it's undoing is our fault.

    • Ray_Downen

      Despite fraud, our votes count, that's true. Because millions chose to not vote against Obama in 2012 he was able to be re-elected despite all he had done against us already even before Obamacare came into effect. Those who didn't vote have much to answer for.

  • philote

    Singing a song makes one a Christian about as much as neighing makes one a horse or mooing makes one a cow.

    Remembering words to a song isn't impressive. And they should not expect accolades from anyone for it, be it the american public they just threw under the bus again, or the God before whom they will give an account of why politics was more important than the people they were sworn to serve or the God that made it possible for them to serve.

    What's impressive is what the song commemorates – the grace of God given to a lost soul – me – because of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ for that soul, and the joy that one lost (in sin and its resultant condemnation) is now found (by Him who sought and found us) that one once blind (to truth) can now see (the face of our savior and our God).

    So they, and anyone else who can't say they were a wretch but by God's grace through Jesus they have been redeemed (!) should stop singing the songs of rejoicing and start with the repenting.

    • Ray_Downen

      The majority in the House seek to serve God in the face of attacks against Him by others in government. We who sent these folks to represent us should be grateful to God that the Representatives are godly people. And we are grateful.

  • Graminator

    And you do realize that "Amazing Grace" is a song about slavery

    • Noreen Lowris

      Absolutely not….it's a song written by a former slave trader set free from sin and slave trading by Jesus Christ.

      • Graminator

        Duh, well he wasn't set free from the pie making business.

    • aceituna

      Slavery to sin, which is exactly what Jesus died to free us from. We receive God's forgiveness which frees us to live a Christian life. Unfortunately we are weak and easily fall back into sin and slavery to sin which is why we need daily, actually continually repentance and forgiveness. Praise God the Holy Spirit that He works within our hearts to be aware of this weakness and to turn back to God whenever we fall. Amen.

  • millergroup2

    Hey you know what? They probably did sing following Rep. Steve Southerland's lead without really singing to our Lord, however God did say that His word would not come back to Him void. That little song of three verses sung in that building will do more good for this country than we can imagine. Thank you Rep. Steve Southerland!!

  • Ray_Downen

    It's good that some in the Congress realize there is a God! Some in our present government are doing their best to persuade us there is NO God.