There was a different kind of Charlottesville rally held and it was done by Christian believers. The goal was to unite the city against the divisiveness that occurred when Unite the Right held their slugfest a few months ago. They want to prevent the city from having another round of violence. United, they have a stronger voice and with God’s help, they will succeed.
As Written By Amber C. Strong for CBN News:
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Four months after violence broke out on the streets of Charlottesville, Virginia during a Unite the Right rally, there’s a different scene. Protests have been replaced by prayer.
Faith leaders from all across the country marched through the streets, past the Robert E Lee statue and past the scene of Heather Heyer’s death.
“Houston got hit by a real hurricane, we kind of got hit by a political one, a spiritual one, “said Dr. Mark Beliles, co-chair of Healing4Charlottesville.
He says the path to healing begins with humility.
“It’s not to blame anyone else but just to humble ourselves before God. We believe out of that solutions can come, healing can come,” he explained.
Faith leaders like Will Ford and Matt Lockett joined the march. They say their unique story is an example of how a conversation can lead to tearing down racial barriers.
“I had this dream in 2004 about Martin Luther King that led me to do a prayer gathering the following year, on Martin Luther King celebration day at the Lincoln Memorial,” Ford explained.
That prayer gathering included a speech about Ford’s slave ancestors and a kettle used to muffle their prayers as they called out to God. Lockett was there for the speech.
“I heard the story about the kettle and thought this is an amazing story. But then Will had ……..
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