June 09, 2017
The 3rd Annual FRC Watchmen Ohio 7:14 drew several hundred pastors and leaders from across Ohio this week to the steps of the state capitol in Columbus. Organized by Pastor JC Church, who is our midwest director of our Watchmen on the Wall outreach to pastors and churches, their purpose was to unite their voices in a concert of prayer for their communities, for their state and our nation. While there were several pastors and evangelical leaders who came to the microphone, there were no speeches or sermons -- only seasons of prayer. They were joined by numerous state legislators and a Christian business leader, and each prayed targeted prayers. Ohio legislators expressed gratitude for seeing and receiving such spiritual support. Join us for the Call2Fall on Sunday, July 2 for a nationwide Concert of Prayer.
Afterward, pastors and legislators packed a room for lunch and heard from JC Church, who called the pastors to set aside their logos and egos and unite for the common cause of advancing God's kingdom and his righteousness. Speaking from the book of Numbers, JC declared: "Moses counted the people twice. The first time was to organize. The second time was to mobilize. The cry of the culture needs to be met with the compassion of the church. So we must organize and mobilize or we will agonize!"
Todd Starnes of FOX News also spoke to and encouraged the crowd with several stories from the war on religious liberty in America and how people like you and me are taking a stand. As he finished, Todd declared: "One of my favorite films is 'We Were Soldiers' starring Mel Gibson. The movie is about American soldiers who were sent to a location that was near the base camp of a veteran North Vietnamese army division with several thousand men. After valiantly holding off the North Vietnamese for two days, they were being overrun by the enemy with no options left... With the bullets flying, Sergeant Major Basil Plumley barked at a war correspondent by the name of Joseph Galloway who was crouched down in the foxhole: 'You can't take any pictures from down there, sonny.' Galloway gets up and is handed a rifle, but rejects it saying, 'I'm a non-combatant.' And Plumley responds by saying, 'Ain't no such thing today!'"
Starnes concluded, "There must be no such thing as sitting on the sidelines or hiding in the shadows. It is time for God's people to stand up! Making America great again begins by us refusing to hide liberty's light under a bushel! No! Hold it high! Let the light of freedom burn bright so all the world can see that we are once again that shining city on a hill." To that, we say: Amen!
Tony Perkins' Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.