Episcopal Church leader Michael Curry, Sojourners founder Jim Wallis and a group of left-leaning church leaders are calling for Christians nationwide to pray, fast, and apply Lenten spiritual practices to prepare for a “constitutional crisis.”
Wallis, joined by Curry, a supporter of same-sex marriage, and about 20 other leaders — who wrote the “Reclaiming Jesus: A Confession of Faith in a Time of Crisis” declaration launched last year against racism, misogyny, xenophobia and the immorality of political leaders — issued the new call in time for Lent.
In early January, the informal circle of “Reclaiming Jesus” elders — many of whom are leaders of churches and denominations or are former heads of churches — gathered for a retreat in Washington, D.C., for a time of discernment.
During this time, a document published in mid-February titled “A Call to Prayer, Fasting, and Action” was conceived to encourage Christians to “apply Lenten spiritual practices to our lives and to the dangers facing our democracy.”
“There was a real sense among elders that we could be headed toward a constitutional crisis,” Wallis, the founder the progressive evangelical social justice organization Sojourners and critic of President Donald Trump, told The Christian Post in a phone interview.
“If there were executive overreaches or oversteps, we decided that the best response would be a prayer to begin with and fast. The timing became Lent for that, which is always a traditional time for fasting and repentance and almsgiving.”
The new call states that just as Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national “day of fasting, humiliation, and prayer” in 1863 at the height of the Civil War, the elders believe that they are witnessing a “national crisis” and are calling for “prayer, fasting, humility, and repentance.”
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Samuel Smith