By Angel Johnson
On Saturday, more than 300 thousand Christians gathered at the Washington Mall for a revival called Together 2016. The organizer of the event, Nick Hall, said he has been planning Together 2016 for many years. His goal was to get Christians to come together for unity. He wanted them to pray for God to break the chains of racism and to bring healing to this country.
According to the Washington Times, the Pew Research Center found that 41% of evangelical Christians find it hard to be a Christian in the U.S. The poll also showed that many evangelicals are divided about the policies to handle racism in this country.
But they decided to put all that aside for this event. They cried out to Jesus to bring unity to the nation. Many well-known Christian artists and pastors helped lead the revival. Grammy winner Lecrae used his musical talents to express what it’s like to be black in America. Musicians like Hillsong United and Lauren Daigle led worship.
Mark Hall, the leader of a Christian rock band said, it was destiny for the event to happen at this time. due to the recent violence in the U.S. and around the world. “It’s something that God saw coming. He saw that we were gonna need it,” Hall said.
People who attended Together 2016 agreed and said they needed this revival. Christians entered prayer tents asking God to reset their lives, their families and the nation. One couple said prayer could be really effective in the midst of the election season. They said it will be their job to pray for whoever gets elected as president in November.
Francis Chan, a well-known Asian pastor, encouraged people to give Jesus a try. Other pastors like Tony Evans and Ravi Zacharias were there too. Women played an important role as well. There were spoken word artists and evangelists encouraging the people to unify.
Lou Engle, a charismatic Christian leader, played a major role in Saturday’s event. He called people to their knees to pray for the events that have happened over the past few years from Ferguson to the five officers in Texas.
Engle leads the movement The Call, which hosts prayer meetings throughout the country. Earlier this year, Engle led a prayer rally for the 110th anniversary of Azusa Now. Azusa Now started in 1906 when Pastor William J. Seymour, a former slave, came to Los Angeles to start street revivals. People from all ethnicities, social, and political backgrounds united. The revivals broke the racial barriers that occurred in the area.
Together 2016 was supposed to go from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., but due to the heat it was shut down at four in the evening. Medical technicians treated about 400 people for heat-related illnesses. Still, leaders hope this revival will help bring reconciliation to the country.