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Jericho March Challenges Clergy to Lead Their Congregations in Fighting Tyranny Like the Founding Fathers!
On January 21st, 1776, Pastor Peter Muhlenberg of Virginia chose his Sunday sermon text from Ecclesiastes 3: "In the language of the Holy Writ, there is a time for all things. There is a time to preach and a time to fight. And now is the time to fight." Throwing off his black cassock, he revealed his Continental Army uniform complete with saber and flintlock and challenged his congregation: "Who among you is with me?"
As drums beat a military tattoo, three hundred men of Pastor Muhlenberg's flock rose to their feet, kissed their wives and children goodbye and marched down the aisle to follow their pastor into the War of Independence.
At Valley Forge, they starved together as their feet left bloody footprints in the snow. At Brandywine, Monmouth and Stonypoint they fought and died together. And when General Cornwallis surrendered on October 18th, 1781, Major-General Muhlenberg was present at the surrender.
He did what the clergy of America should be doing today: leading their flocks in the fight against tyranny according to Reverend William Cook of the Black Robe Regiment at today's Jericho March. Rev. Cook called out the clergy for cowering behind "separation of Church and State" and scorned their fear of losing their precious 501c3 to the roars of the Washington D. C. crowd.
The pastor rose: the prayer was strong;
The psalm was warrior David's song;
The text, a few short words of might,-
'The Lord of Hosts shall arm the right!'
He spoke of wrongs too long endured,
Of sacred rights to be secured;
Then from his patriot tongue of flame
The startling words for Freedom came....
When God is with our righteous cause:
His holiest places then are ours,
His temples are our forts and towers
That frown upon the tyrant foe:
In this the dawn of Freedom's day
There is a time to fight and pray!
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