A report is out, in the wake of the city of Houston’s demands that area pastors hand over their sermons and communication with their members, saying that there is a national movement of American pastors who are going on the offensive. These pastors are banding together in a theme reminiscent of the Star Wars’ saga’s “The Empire Strikes Back.” Their movement is called, “The Pastors Strike Back.”
Pastors from across the fruited plain have decided to come together and voluntarily send Bibles and sermons to Mayor Annise Parker’s office.
Former Governor Mike Huckabee called on every pastor in America to do this recently.
“I hope she gets thousands and thousands of sermons and Bibles,” said Huckabee on his Fox News show Saturday.
Author Eric Metaxas also did the same thing. He told David Brody, “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.”
Brody also was able to acquire a home video of Brad Atkins, pastor of Powersville First Baptist Church in Greenville, South Carolina as he sent his sermon off to Parker.
Apparently though, this issue that has been stirred up by the sodomite mayor and her administration has fired up pastors around the world. According to Brody, reports are the pastors from Australia, Germany and Canada will also be sending their sermons and Bibles to the Mayor.
“On November 2nd, The Family Research council is hosting a huge simulcast event in Houston at a big church,” wrote Brody. “Guests will include Mike Huckabee, Phil Robertson, the Benham brothers, Dr. Ronnie Floyd and others. In South Carolina, the South Carolina Pastors Alliance is staging an event called, “The Stand” to be held on the statehouse grounds.”
This is exactly what needs to be done on a number of fronts. Americans need to come together to defeat the tyranny that is growing in our society. These pastors get my support for their willingness to stand up and launch an offensive on behalf of their brothers in Texas.
The city of Houston did take a step back from their larger subpoena that demanded sermons and communications of pastors to removing sermons from the request. However, that didn’t fly with senior legal counsel Erik Stanley from Alliance Defending Freedom.
Stanley said, “The city of Houston still doesn’t get it. It thinks that by changing nothing in its subpoenas other than to remove the word ‘sermons’ that it has solved the problem. That solves nothing. They must be rescinded entirely.”
No doubt, this is what has provoked the pastors to take this initiative.
There comes a time when men must take a hard stand and that time is now. Texas preachers have already taken a stand. While I’m not sure that sending all those Bibles and sermons in will actually do anything, I do think it at least sends the message that Christians are not going to back down simply because there is intimidation by those elected to office who ignore the law and then attempt to impose immoral legislation on their citizens like Houston’s “bathroom bill.”
UPDATE: The City of Houston has changed their story and now claims the petition of the citizens was not validated. In the mix, I can see some criminal charges coming against the city attorney for interfering with the matter.
UPDATE: UPDATE: Mayor Parker has dropped the subpoenas against the pastors.