Thu Sep 27, 2012 - 12:22 pm EST
Why I plan to get arrested Saturday for your freedom
September 27, 2012, (LifeSiteNews.com)—On Saturday morning, I am getting on an airplane to fly to Washington, D.C., where I plan on kneeling down in front of the White House to pray for our president, our leaders and the for the country my children must grow up in. You may ask what this has to do with getting arrested this weekend. Prayer is certainly not illegal yet. In most cases you would be right, but not when that prayer takes place on the sidewalk outside the White House.
So your next question may be, why now? Why are you flying to Washington, D.C., to take this stand this weekend?
With the recent Supreme Court ruling affirming ObamaCare, the future of religious freedom in America is at risk and in grave danger of being entirely wiped out. ObamaCare will force institutions, churches and individuals to purchase abortion-inducing drugs, and pay for sterilization and abortion in direct opposition to their beliefs, conscience and historic teachings of the Church.
For the first time in our nation’s history, our government is forcing people of faith and conscience to abandon their deeply held values and core beliefs. The president is now dictating to Christians how they are to live their faith. The government is replacing the teachings of Scripture, the Church, and our conscience, demanding that we bow down before their dictates.
If the Christian community does not take a stand and send a powerful message to President Obama that we “must obey God rather than man,” and we will never comply with immoral and unjust government mandates that violate our faith — religious freedom and the First Amendment will be trampled before our very eyes.
We cannot simply stand and watch while our religious freedoms are stripped away.
Beginning at 5:00 p.m. on September 29, 2012, we will engage in 72 hours of prayer and arrests in front of the White House. We will prayerfully and peacefully assemble and the only grounds for arrest will be that our location is often a “restricted” zone for free-speech, so our defiance of the HHS mandate will be taken as unprotected speech.
This will be a two-fold witness. First, we will be a prophetic witness to those within the Church. We will demonstrate with our lives and personal freedom what the future for the church in America will be if the church does not rise in opposition to the ungodly HHS mandate.
We will be a prophetic witness to the Church, declaring: “If they outlaw your faith, the faithful become outlaws.” We will be arrested as an act of civil disobedience, in godly obedience, as a warning to the church: Stand against this mandate now, join us in Washington, make your voice heard! We must obey God rather than man, or soon jail may be the only option left to us.
The second part of our witness is to those in government: We are a nation ruled by those we elect with our votes. We are sending those in elected office a warning: you hold office because we chose you — and we will not comply! We will not pay the $1 monthly abortion surcharge. We will not pay for abortion-inducing drugs and other unconscionable practices demanded of us through the HHS mandate, and we will not surrender our freedoms as delineated in the Declaration and our Constitution.
And we will go to jail before we do.
Today our arrests will be voluntary, a living witness to the church and to the government — tomorrow arrest may be the only option if we are unwilling to pay to have someone’s child murdered.
Please join with us as we send a powerful message to those within the church and to our elected officials through peaceful civil disobedience! Just as MLK was arrested for the rights of his fellow men, so we will stand. This will be 72 hours of prayer and arrests in front of the White House! This moment is fraught with an unprecedented “urgency of the hour”; thus, we are issuing a national call for Christians, and all our fellow Americans of whatever creed, to come to the White House and be part of this prayerful, peaceful, and prophetic witness for life and justice: ActsFive29.
Join us September 29 through October 2, 2012, as we humbly and boldly lay down our lives and our freedom so that future generations will have that freedom, and the liberty to practice their faith.
A slightly longer version of this article appeared on StandTrue.com.