Lawmakers on Capitol Hill turned the “people’s house” into a house of prayer Wednesday.
The event honors the first inauguration of George Washington and his devotion to daily prayer.
Lawmakers present included:
- Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif.
- Rep. Doug LaMalfa, R-Calif.
- Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn.
- Rep. Vicky Hartzler, R-Mo.
- Rep. Mike McIntyre, D-N.C.
- Rep. Robert Pittenger, R-N.C.
- Rep. James Lankford, R-Okla.
- Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas
They asked for humility and wisdom as they make decisions that affect the country, and they prayed that God would bless the nation so America can be a blessing to the rest of the world
Wedesday’s ceremony featured brief history lessons about Washington from guests like former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Christian author Eric Metaxas.
Metaxas warned that nearly 225 years after Washington’s inaugural prayer, religious liberties are under attack.
“If we lose religious freedom, if a secular orthodoxy rises and begins to force people to keep their faith in the shadows (and says) ‘just in that building on Sunday morning, but once you come out you have to bow to the secular orthodoxy’ — once that happens, you understand that we can no longer be America,” Metaxas warned.
The service was held in Statuary Hall in the Capitol, which served as a church for lawmakers in the 1800s.