protest location is not being used by anti-war activists but by more than 60
Denver-area churches that are praying, serving and worshiping together outside
the Pepsi Center.
prayer than protest. “We really want God’s presence to be known in this city,”
said George Morrison, pastor of Faith Bible Chapel in Arvada, Colo. “It’s more
than a physical thing that is taking place. There is spiritual warfare that goes
on over the city.
doesn’t happen, so we believe in prayer.”
backgrounds have been hosting 24/7 intercession in an office building across
from the DNC, participating in prayer walks throughout the area and holding
corporate prayer and worship in Creek Front Park, the only public entrance to
the convention center.
party but to show the love of Christ through service. “We’re not endorsing,”
said Steve Chavis, a spokesman for the group of loosely affiliated Denver
churches. “We’re not rejecting. We’re saying, ‘How can we bless the delegates,
the activist and the residents that live downtown?’”
Orchid Road Christian Center in Greenwood Village, Colo., noticed that churches seemed to be
missing from discussions about the upcoming convention. He said he felt
“inspired” to enter his name in a lottery being held to determine who would
secure protest locations.
standpoint, to reach out to the delegates that were coming in for the
convention,” Bowling said. “We felt we had a message of hope, and we believe God
wants good for America. The love of Jesus will break down barriers. The nation
is very divided now, and we feel the church needs to take a leadership
literally can stand in our park and see the Pepsi Center from where we are
from as far away as Los Angeles on duty beside FBI and Secret Service agents.
The surrounding perimeter of the Pepsi Center has been enclosed, and Creek Front
Park is the closest drop-off point for bikes, trains and cars though it is at
least a half-mile from the center.
Diest, chairman of One Church Metro Denver. “About a third of the whole Pepsi
Center is walking by us.”
shown you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do
justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?”
side of Christianity, one that highlights service and love. From 9 a.m. until
after the DNC events end, volunteers have been distributing pocket maps,
sunscreen and free water, and picking up trash in the area.
bottles, and people are just like, ‘Are you serious?’” Van Diest said.
“Everybody in town is trying to make a buck. You have people with their suburban
bike, with their baby carriers full of water bottles, saying $1 or $2. It’s kind
of a stark contrast.”
bands leading the ministry times. Van Diest said even the police have
acknowledged the impact.
day has gotten me through my 12-hour shift. Your worship band, your music and
lyrics just carried me through.'”
delegates, the city of Denver and the upcoming election.
would make wise choices,” Bowling said. “If God can lead Nebuchadnezzar, He
certainly can lead the Democratic Party or anyone else. So we’re praying the
Lord would lead them, that the Lord’s will be done regarding the elections, and
that we have godly, good government regardless of what label they wear.”
they could share the message of Christ during the convention.
that entails not necessarily advocacy but servant evangelism and showing that
side of Christ,” Bowling said. “We’re not against advocacy—we’re certainly not
against promoting issues that we feel are consistent with Christian message. But
the Christian message is not about issues, it’s about loving people the way
Christ teaches us to love people.”
Obama accepted the Democratic nomination for president. —Felicia