The 2012 Democratic National Convention rolled out Monday as thousands of people flooded Uptown Charlotte on the Labor Day holiday. Up until Sunday, I had not planned on being able to do any outreach during the DNC due to my work schedule, but the Lord gave me the opportunity to join some dear brothers and sisters at the last minute.
I arrived Uptown just before noon and the crowds were already building up. As I walked the streets for a few minutes looking for the team, it wasn’t long before I was hit with the reality of liberalism that had consumed Charlotte, my hometown. This realization quickly turned into a righteous anger as I saw abortion and homosexuality being celebrated by thousands drooling over Barack Obama, then suddenly to a deep sadness and burden for the thousands so deceived.
I was astonished to meet several professing Christians, who “amened” and cried out “hallelujah” to the open-air preaching, only to confront them in their worldview to find out they saw no problem with supporting a president as radically pro-abortion as Barack Obama. Moreover, this president has officially endorsed homosexuality and the Democrat party endorses homosexual marriage on its official party platform. As you can see, there is a LGBT Community page dedicated to this on the official party website in addition to Obama’s official campaign website dedicating cyberspace to Obama Pride: LGBT Americans for Obama. Yet, perhaps millions of professing Christians are head over heals for a man who is bent on destroying life and the sanctity of marriage in the United States of America. My heart breaks for them, and it was with this burden today we preached the glorious Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ today, the only true Hope and Change that matters (as my dear brother Scott Smith so perfectly put today).
These first two videos are of my open-air in the middle of Tryon Street. We decided to set up in the middle of the street as the crowds would flow by us. I would compare the numbers in the crowd with what I experienced at the Super Bowl and the London Olympics earlier this year. At one point, there must have been a half dozen news cameras in front of me, with one getting right under my face. The Lord moved me to preach right into the cameras on a number of occasions, so I pray the words preached will pierce someone’s heart with the truth. Before I could finish the message, a police officer asked us to move to the curb so to not impede pedestrian traffic, so that is why the footage ends before the end of the message.
This next video is of my dear brother, Shawn Pander. I praise the Lord in how He has been working in him in the preaching of the Gospel. It was only last November that he preached for the first time at UNCC. I’m really excited to see what God has in store for Shawn as he continues to be a faithful servant of the Gospel.
This last video was taken as I was walking back to my truck to go to work. On one stretch of sidewalk, I passed one Planned Parenthood volunteer handing out literature and getting people to sign up to support its baby-killing industry, then I passed another volunteer, then as I passed a third I said to the lady, “Ma’am, God hates abortion”. I walked passed a fourth volunteer to say the same thing, and she asked me “where does it say that?” I stopped to read to her Proverbs 6:16-17, which says:
There are six things that the Lord hates, seven that are an abomination to him: 17 haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood…
She said “OK” and was back to her business.
It was the fifth volunteer that I passed and said that “God hates abortion” to that I could not bear it any longer. The young woman clearly did not want to have a conversation, so when I tried to engage another volunteer and her victims, the fifth volunteer tried to prevent me from doing so. It was at this point I walked to the other side of the sidewalk, evaluated my surroundings, put down my book bag to pull out my Sword, prayed that God would be with me, then I opened my mouth to declare the abomination of abortion and to warn professing Christians who support Planned Parenthood and Barack Obama while preaching the Gospel. I have never preached so impromptu before, so I was grateful for the privilege and courage the Lord gave me to do so. It was not easy doing it alone, but the Lord was with me and gave me everything I needed to preach a short message:
Our nation is in such terrible shape. I can only imagine how much longer the Lord will be patient before His wrath falls on America for her wickedness. Judgment is coming, dear friends, and many millions will fall into the hands of the Living God because of their love for evil and their suppression of the truth. Please pray for my dear brothers and sisters who will continue to be out there this week during the DNC, as the crowds are going to get larger, and the evil liberal agenda will grow more boldly. Pray for God to have mercy on these people, including professing Christians so blind to evil, that they would repent from their sin and believe in the Lord Jesus Christ.
Additional photos of the day are below.
Update: Democrats have now added the following to its official party platform. These two statements alone should be everything any Christian needs to know with regards to voting for a Democrat (not that one must vote for a Republican). By voting for a Democrat, especially at the national level including the presidency, one is supporting these agendas whether they believe it or not:
The Democratic platform states that it “unequivocally” supports Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that made abortion legal, and “supports a woman’s right to make decisions regarding her pregnancy, including a safe and legal abortion, regardless of ability to pay.”
The platform states: “Abortion is an intensely personal decision between a woman, her family, her doctor and her clergy; there is no place for politicians or government to get in the way.”
The Republican Party platform bans abortion in all cases, even rape, incest and when the life of the mother is endangered. Republicans say “the unborn child has a fundamental individual right to life which cannot be infringed.” It opposes using public revenues to promote or perform abortion or to fund organizations that perform or advocate abortions.
The Democratic platform supports the movement to get equal treatment under the law for same-sex couples.
The platform says: “We also support the freedom of churches and religious entities to decide how to administer marriage as a religious sacrament without government interference.” The platform opposes “federal and state constitutional amendments and other attempts to deny equal protection under the law” to same-sex couples.
The Republican Party platform affirms the rights of states and the federal government not to recognize same-sex marriage. It backs a constitutional amendment defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman.
Source: Associated Press