Sunday, over 35,000 people gathered in Washington DC to lift up the name of Jesus.
Lhe videos and photos of this event are impressive. We see a huge crowd dancing, singing and praising despite the gray and rainy weather.
If I rejoice to see such a crowd gathered in the name of God, I must admit that I am less comfortable with the reason for this gathering. Sean Feucht, the leader of praise behind this demonstration, organizes these concerts to protest against the health measures caused by the coronavirus.
He denounces in particular an attack on religious freedom.
In the context of a global pandemic that has already killed more than a million people, I cannot help but wonder about this notion of freedom. When does our freedom end? How much should it encompass that of others? Isn't it our duty to protect the weakest?
I will not allow myself to condemn Sean Feucht or his motivations, I allow myself, on the other hand, to question his approach.
Especially since today's news reminds us once again of the situation of persecuted Christians around the world.
In China where a church of nearly 1300 members has just been razed under false pretenses, making the life of believers ever more difficult.
In Nigeria, where hundreds of Christians, yet gathered in a peaceful process of prayer at the heart of the demonstrations against police violence, were savagely attacked.
In India, where mobilisations continue to demand the release of 83-year-old priest Stan Swamy, defender of the rights of indigenous peoples, imprisoned on false charges.
And in Pakistan, where Christians, Muslims and Hindus have united in a demonstration against the forced abduction, marriage and conversion to Islam of the Christian Arzoo Raja. Like many religious minority girls in Pakistan, the 13-year-old girl was forcibly married to a 44-year-old man. Protesters are calling for effective measures to protect young women who are not Muslims.
Obviously, religious freedom does not have the same price for everyone. And when this freedom is violated, the consequences are not the same whether one resides in France, India, China or the United States. It is simply the reality.
May this not be an opportunity to make us forget what is really important to know, to make the name of Jesus known.
Even if I'm not sure I approve of Sean Feucht's approach, let's at least give him that, thanks to him America knows a little more about the son of God.
Camille Westphal Perrier
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