Preserving Values at 'Awakening 2010'

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A spirit of revolution, renewal and revival is uniting people all across the country. They're holding rallies, tea parties and prayer meetings.

Many involved have said they are gathering together to advance shared values because of increasing threats to their faith and freedom.

Those in attendance at Awakening 2010 in Lynchburg, Va., came from different backgrounds, different walks of life, different races, but they all had the same voice.

"I think there's something taking place in America where we understand that our values, our faith and our freedom are important and they're under attack," said Matthew Staver, founder and chairman of Liberty Counsel.

"And that's why I think you're seeing this renewal, this re-igniting of people, an awakening of people coming together, a new generation is actually forming," he added. 

"My wife and I had actually considered saying, 'We're just gonna leave America, we're not going to stay here anymore, if it's going to be like this we're going to disengage,'" attendee Dr. Robert Vogel told CBN News.

"And I think we both decided that it's time to engage not disengage, to awaken not fall asleep," he said.

"You have African Americans, whites, Latinos and women," Ken Blackwell, with the Family Research Council, said. "Everybody is coming to the table and giving voice to their concerns."

"We have so much legislation coming out that says anybody that discriminates against same sex attraction, discriminates against same sex marriage," explained attendee Megan Chapman.

"We have so much legislation coming out and that directly hits Christianity because Christian principles are this is not natural, this is an abomination to the Lord," she said.

"There's a reason we have 50,000 hispanics in this country," said Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference. "I'm convinced we're here to stand as a firewall of righteousness and justice against the spirit of cultural decay, moral apathy, moral relativism."

"So I do believe this is a great season for America. We've never seen such angst and trepidation, so much energy," he said. "The church is waking up in America. Not at our watch it will provoke this generation...black, white, Latino, Asians to say, 'Not at our watch.' We're about to see a movement in America."

Some have said that the movement does not end in Lynchburg. They plan to take the message of the Awakening to their local communities.

*Originally published April 16, 2010.


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