Thousands of churches pledge to unite in prayer for Faith and Freedom Sunday
Scottsdale, AZ – Faith and Freedom Sunday coordinators originally thought they might have 500 churches participate in praying for religious liberty in the United States on Sunday, Sept. 30.
To their astonishment, more than 6,700 churches have so far pledged to pray for religious liberty that Sunday. More churches are signing up every day.
"We are stunned and thankful," said Alan Sears, president of the Alliance Defense Fund (ADF), the ministry coordinating Faith and Freedom Sunday. "We just wanted to have Christians across the country unite and pray for religious liberty in our great nation, and we’re overwhelmed by the response."
Churches will educate their members about the loss of religious liberty in America, and about how to pray for the courts, and their country. Most religious liberties have been lost through court cases.
Sunday, Sept. 30, is the day before the United States Supreme Court starts its fall session.
"Considering the way Supreme Court decisions influence the culture, it’s critical that we lift up the court’s next session in prayer," Sears said. But other things are at stake as well.
For instance, evangelists in Tennessee, Florida, Illinois, Texas, New York, Montana, and South Carolina have been jailed-or threatened with arrest-for passing out free Christian literature on a public sidewalk. Christian student groups across the country have been prevented from holding a Bible club in public school facilities simply because of the content of their religious instruction, while other secular groups are allowed to meet.
"Some will find it hard to believe, but here in the United States a Christian nurse was disciplined because she simply shared the Gospel with a patient dying of AIDS who specifically asked for spiritual guidance. Another was reprimanded for not wanting to assist with abortions. We have also seen religious broadcasters threatened with highly discriminatory guidelines proposed by the Federal Communications Commission that were retracted only after a firestorm of protest," Sears said.
"People of faith must be willing to assert themselves, even to the point of filing a lawsuit, to protect the right to worship, pray, evangelize, and otherwise live out their faith."