MY RESPONSE TO “THE RESPONSE” GOV. RICK PERRY’S CALL TO PRAYER
By Marsha West
August 13, 2011
Having previously written a piece on The Response voicing my legitimate concerns over Gov. Rick Perry’s August 6th prayer event that was held at Reliant Stadium, now that all is said and done I’ll respond to what I watched via the live streaming on their website.
As the camera panned a sea of people with their arms outstretched to heaven, many of them with tear-stained faces singing praises to God, made my eyes well up and I was moved. There is something about that Name…
Christians go to big events expecting to hear a Christian band playing praise and worship music. It breaks down barriers, draws the crowd together and pulls them out of their chairs and onto their feet. The right kind of music puts people in a worshipful mood. Did you know that the steady beat in conjunction with word repetition…Jesus, Jesus, Jesus…can put individuals into an altered state of consciousness? But that’s an article for another time.
The band played mostly contemporary music and also some old hymns. I knew the words so I sang along! Hearing the Name Above all Names booming through the air is a wonderful way to start the day.
For close to 3 hours I was glued to my computer screen. Quite honestly, I was both moved and infuriated.