Many of you may know that Jon Stewart, in a jab at Glenn Beck, announced a competing rally in Washington DC on Saturday, October 30. It will take place at the Washington Monument. He is calling it "The Rally to Restore Sanity." Stephen Colbert announced a counter rally at the same time and place.
Now it gets interesting -- Things have taken a wild twist.
There are also going to be a lot of Christians on the Mall the same day. The Pray & Act movement, which kicked off Monday, September 20, is planning to end an intense 40 days of prayer and fasting on Saturday, October 30 at the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. How many will be there? It is hard to tell, but tens of thousands have joined the movement and many may make the trip to Washington.
There you have it: Tens, maybe hundreds, of thousands of Jon Stewart fans in a party mood (he likens it to Woodstock without the drugs and nudity) together with an unknown number of praying, repentant Christians seeking God's guidance for our country and culture --literally facing each other.
As those familiar with the National Mall know, the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument face each other across a very modest expanse of grass, sidewalks and the Reflecting Pool. You can't help but mix. It earns its moniker as America's Front Yard.
Safe to say the mood in these rallies will be a party mood. But many in his crowd are very angry at conservatives, especially Christian ones.
There is actually a movement behind Stewart's rally. A bunch of people reportedly pressed him to take on Glen Beck's movement with a "Restoring Truthfulness" rally. He obviously decided to do that and get allies (Colbert).
Plans to wrap up its 40 days of prayer and action with a gathering at the Lincoln Memorial the same day, at 6:00 PM. There will be a live webcast on AFA.net. This could bring significant numbers of praying Christians to the Mall that Saturday afternoon.
Some of the leaders of Pray & Act are those who organized the prayer and fasting events leading up to the passing of Proposition 8 in California in 2008. An estimated 33,000 attended one such rally at Qualcomm statium November 1 of that year (right before the election when it was passed).
Accompanies a large drive to promote signing Manhattan Declaration and a renewing of its one-year-old publicity push.
Will wrap up a strong push from Evangelicals, Catholics and Orthodox, to lift the issues of family, the sanctity of life and religious freedom to the national stage on the eve of one of the most important elections in American history.
So far I think this "coincidence" has escaped the media's attention. Perhaps so because few have heard of Pray & Act on the national scene. I am part of that prayer movement and I plan to be there. (See Colson Center's page on Pray&Act). God has put everything in its time and place, and it can get very exciting. This is going to be one of those times.