What we need in our cities is not religious lockdown from a particular denomination or religious intolerance in areas of the most basic, cardinal tenets of the Christian faith that so many of us share.
What we need in our cities is not religious segregation based on race or creed, stemming from ignorance and fear, but instead cooperation in causes that affect the city as a whole for its betterment that are without religious compromise.
What we need in our cities is not religious gimmickry to simply draw a crowd but rather Biblical righteousness that still exalts a city or nation and builds a church.
What we need in our cities is not religious politics or self-righteousness, but a realization that “Except the LORD build the house, they labor in vain that build it.”
What we need in our cities is not religious arrogance in our doctrinal statements, organizational resolutions and traditions, prestige of our title, congregation size or the opulence of our buildings-these things being but a means to an end, but rather Godly humility, intercession, and repentance that causes the Almighty to heal our land.
What we need in our cities is not religious ritual but a relationship with a redeemer who can stem the flow of unprecedented moral collapse; cruelty and violence that beggars the imagination; greed, avarice and economic disparity on a level unknown to previous generations; little or no value for human life; and spiritual apathy or lukewarmness that is repulsive to a holy God.
Let us join together, along with many others in various Apostolic organizations across the United States, on Thursday, May 2, 2019 for the National Apostolic Day of Prayer and the National Day of Prayer as we intercede for our cities, our nation, our leaders, and our people.
May God bless you.
Pastor Rich Stein