Calling All Christians- Send those Sermons to Houston!
There’s a call to action for people of faith around this country and it’s a direct response to the mayor of Houston’s attack on religious freedom.
Mayor Annise Parker subpoenaed Houston pastors for their lawsuit against the city’s rejection of the “bathroom bill” petition. The petition had signatures that tripled the amount required for acceptance, as the majority of the citizens opposed the bill that would allow men and women with “gender identity” confusion to use both male and female bathrooms. Parker subpoenaed local pastors’ sermons for preaching against the ordinance.
Now this direct assault on both the First and Second Amendments to the Constitution has sparked a very different response by some prominent Christian voices.
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee has asked pastors from across the United States to send their sermons and Bibles to the Houston mayor. “It ought to make you mad that the mayor thinks she can turn in her pastors. And so I got an idea,” Huckabee announced on his Fox News show on Saturday. “If she wants a sermon, here is my suggestion. I would like to ask every pastor in America, not only the ones in Houston, to send her your sermons and go ahead. Obviously she could use a few. And everybody watching the show ought to send her a Bible.” (Address and email for Houston Mayor’s Office provided at bottom of page).
Another celebrated Christian author, Eric Metaxas, has also called on pastors as well as other Americans to send their favorite sermons, scripture verses, or even Bibles to the mayor of Houston. Eric Metaxas is best known for his best selling biography “Bonhoeffer” which tells the story of the German pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer who stood up to the attacks of religious freedom under Hitler.
Metaxas posted on his Facebook page, “When you send your bible or sermon to the Houston Mayor’s Office, please pray over it, that God would change her heart. But send something TODAY. The government of this country must know that believers answer to a HIGHER AUTHORITY and can do no other and will do no other, by God’s grace.”
In a response for this article, I asked Metaxas the purpose in asking people of faith to send sermons and Bibles to the mayor. He answered, “Never in our history has religious freedom been so brazenly defied. A bold red line has been crossed. The Houston mayor’s inexcusable demand to see the sermons of pastors is an outrageous and shocking affront to all Americans and to liberty itself. If the American church does not rise up and stand against this, there is no American church.”
Stand up church and people of faith. Religious freedom depends upon an open and free public square.
In Bonhoeffer's day, the church waited too long to stand up — & then it was too late. Americans need to stand up NOW for religious freedom.
— Eric Metaxas (@ericmetaxas) October 19, 2014
If you haven't, please do it TODAY. The church must speak. Send a sermon or bible to:
Mayor Annise Parker
901 Bagby St.
Houston, TX 77002
— Eric Metaxas (@ericmetaxas) October 20, 2014
Send your Bibles and sermons to:
Mayor Annise D. Parker
City of Houston
901 Bagby St., Houston, TX 77002
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