RAPID CITY, SOUTH DAKOTA — With an unprecedented pandemic sweeping across the country, nearly 200,000 COVID deaths, millions of people unemployed, urban rioting, spiking racial tensions, surging murder rates and widespread lawlessness, many Americans are fearful about the future of their country.
In that context, dozens of Evangelical churches in the Midwest are holding a nationally broadcast event on Saturday, Sept. 19 calling for spiritual revival and a national Great Awakening. They will also call for a renewed commitment for Christians to “bless Israel” that God may also have mercy on America before it’s too late.
The keynote speakers will be Joel C. Rosenberg, editor-in-chief of ALL ISRAEL NEWS, and David Brody, chief Washington correspondent for the Christian Broadcasting Network.
Vice President Mike Pence will address the gathering by video.
Also speaking by video will be Bible teacher Anne Graham Lotz, pastor and evangelist Greg Laurie and Dr. Tony Evans, one of the most prominent African American pastors in the U.S.
Rosenberg and Brody met with Pence at the White House on Tuesday to videotape the VP’s message.
Organizers insist the event will be non-political and non-partisan.
Brody and Rosenberg asked the vice president why the Bible and his faith in Jesus is important to him, why the U.S.-Israel alliance is so important to the future of the nation and why the VP often ends his speeches with a discussion of one of his favorite portions of scripture, 2 Chronicles 7:14.
In that passage, God promised Israel’s King Solomon, “’If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways,’ says the Lord, ‘then I will hear from heaven and forgive their sin and heal their land.’”
These verses and their relevance to the U.S. will be a major focus of the event.
Another key passage that Rosenberg will discuss is Genesis 12:3, in which the Lord promised the patriarch Abraham and the future nation of Israel, “I will bless those who bless you, and those who curse you I will curse.”
The event is called, “Where is America Headed? Finding Faith and Hope in a Time of Fear.”
It will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Mountain time on Saturday, Sept. 19, at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center in Rapid City, South Dakota, not far from the famed Mount Rushmore.
The event will be broadcast live on over 200 Christian radio stations across the nation and some 1,000 people are expected to attend in person.
People can watch the event on the website or on Facebook live.
It has been organized by a task force that includes representatives from 30 churches and Christian ministry leaders in the Black Hills and surrounding area.
Rosenberg, a dual US-Israeli citizen who lives in Jerusalem, is a New York Times best-selling author of both fiction and non-fiction books. One of his more famous non-fiction titles, and the one he has been asked to discuss, was titled, Implosion: Can America Recover from Its Economic and Spiritual Challenges in Time?
Brody, a nationally respected journalist with CBN News, has interviewed and profiled some of the best known leaders in government, business and the faith community with piercing questions and a knack for pulling back the curtain and getting to the heart of the story.