Let me quickly summarize what has been taking place in Houston with their liberal Christian hating lesbian mayor, Annise Parker. Earlier this year, Parker, along with the help of a sexually confused councilman who thinks he’s a woman, forced through an ordinance that gave special privileged status to LGBT people. One of the provisions of that ordinance allows men who claim to be female or sexually confused to use the women’s bathroom, showers and locker rooms, even if they are still anatomically male.
A number of Christian pastors and other conservatives spoke out against the ordinance and group of concerned citizens launched a petition drive to gather enough signatures to force a public vote on the ordinance. They also filed a lawsuit seeking an injunction to stop the city from enforcing the ordinance.
In response, Parker’s office issued a subpoena to five of Houston’s leading Christian pastors demanding copies of their sermons and correspondence with their congregations. After a ton of negative publicity, Parker backed off of the subpoena but only long enough to issue a new one that demands copies of communications only, no sermons.
The Family Research Council has organized a rally this Sunday in Houston in support of the Christian pastors who are being persecuted for standing up for the Word of God. The rally is being called ‘I Stand Sunday’ and will be held at Grace Community Church in Houston. Pastor Steve Riggle is one of the pastors being persecuted by the city’s resident lesbian. Planned to last 90 minutes, the rally will be simulcast and FRC staff are trying to find churches across America who will help host the simulcast.
Some of the speakers scheduled at I Stand Sunday, include Tony Perkins, President of the Family Research Council, Alan Robertson from Duck Dynasty, David and Jason Benham and former Gov. Mike Huckabee. When asked about the rally, Huckabee told OneNewsNow that the actions of Houston’s mayor are unsettling to America saying:
“But it could be what the mayor of Houston has done unwittingly is to do more to wake up people in the church pews than 100,000 pastors could have done by screaming at the top of their lungs that our culture is rapidly fading away from us.”
“But it also, I believe, gives us an important opportunity and a mandate to make sure that the very spirit and tone with which we approach this is reflective of the love of Jesus Christ and not an angry, vitriolic, acerbic approach, which is what many of us have received for taking a biblical stand. But I want to make sure that we don’t pay back in like coin.”
Even if you aren’t in Houston or able to view the simulcast, you can still support the I Stand Sunday rally with your prayers. Prayer is the most valuable tool and weapon a Christian has. Please pray for those at the rally, for the pastors being persecuted and for our nation. Like it or not, you need to continually pray for our leaders and that God will work in their hearts to turn themselves over to Him.