A response to The Response

The Response was held yesterday in Houston, Texas. Over 30,000 Christians of different denominations and races came together to pray and fast for our nation. Hundreds of thousands followed it on the Internet. There were four main prayer segments: personal repentance, corporate repentance for the sins of the church in America, the first commandment, and prayer for revival in America.
The Holy Spirit flowed through the bands, and the music carried the event. Most of the songs were familiar, but I wondered if a couple had been written for the occasion. Young people were everywhere, and their passion was palpable. They knelt on the floor in penitence, clapped rhythmically, danced and jumped to the music, processed around the stadium in joy. The sight of tens of thousands of hands uplifted in prayer was moving.
The event had been paid for by donors. There was no offering collection or sale of tickets or media.
There was no mention of Democrats, Republicans, debt ceiling, bond ratings, or lawsuits. The focus was on God and on the church in America.
Two governors appeared in person and one on video. They were simply Christians participating in a worship service.
Governor Rick Perry of Texas and Governor Sam Brownback of Kansas both read scriptures. Perry read Joel 2:12-17, Isaiah 40:28-31, and Ephesians 3:14-21; Brownback read 2 Chronicles 7:12-15 and Matthew 5:2-16. Governor Perry led a prayer; I can’t remember if Governor Brownback led a prayer or not. For me, the most heart-piercing moment was Governor Perry praying for our president and his family.
I thank God for The Response. Might I have done some things a little differently? Sure, but I am not going to quibble. This was an honorable and righteous action, one that we can all emulate. There is no reason why youth groups, ladies’ Bible studies, and men’s prayer breakfast groups of different denominations can’t come together. Pray and fast for our nation, dear people. Pray that the United States will be a light on a hill. —Jill Woodliff


6 Responses to A response to The Response

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  2. Sarah says:

    Heh — I see that a member of the TEC revisionistas has posted a typically reasoned [for a revisionist] response.

    Thanks, Jill, for this report — I’ve been interested and didn’t see any of it online so was curious.

  3. […] The entire report is worth the read. […]

  4. Jackie says:

    Thank you for this.


  5. Sibyl says:


    Anger and name-calling won’t/can’t change reality. It is not bigotry to tell the truth. It is love. It would not be love to approve something that enslaves and destroys people.

    There is no approval of homo-bi-etc. sex in Scripture because it is a dangerous high-risk activity that has a negative beginning (harm, hurt, shame, anger, rebellion – see Romans 1) and produces more of the same. Scripture, research, medicine, mental health, CDC and police statistics agree on this.

    God, in His love, warns us about sin in Scripture and His Commandments.
    Jesus, in His love, died to defeat the power of our sinful inclinations.
    The Holy Spirit will put God’s love and truth in us and give us new holy desires and His strength to help us to overcome.

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