Report by Jack Crans, Summit Convener
Proverbs 28:1 The wicked flee when no man pursueth, but the righteous are bold as a lion. (This scripture is engraved beneath a crouching lion on the northeast corner of the National Law Enforcement Officer’s Memorial in Washington, DC)
On Wednesday, May 14, 2013 (just across the Potomac River in Arlington, Virginia) a strategic summit of leaders gathered quietly to meet and pray in sobering concern of our nation’s moral and spiritual crisis. It took place against the backdrop of the annual National Law Enforcement Officer’s Memorial Week in Washington where 30,000 police officers and their families gathered to recognize peace officers killed in-line-of-duty.
The generally stated purpose of the summit was: To prepare a strategy and plan that will marshal government leaders, with special emphasis on our culture, to encourage those in authority, who are followers of Jesus, to boldly, yet wisely, take a stand and share their faith, exhorting them to lead in national repentance and calling upon God for forgiveness and restoration.
On April 30, 1863 President Abraham Lincoln set an example and (at the request of the Senate) proclaimed a day of National Humiliation, Fasting and Prayer. Participants at the 2013 summit agreed that such a heart-cry for the nation is needed at this time!
The Arlington summit gathered some of the busiest men in the country, each of them deeply committed to God and concerned for the nation. They convened for a brief session of only 4 ½ hours.
Participants included Ed Meese (former Attorney General of the United States); Robert Vernon (former Assistant Chief of the Los Angeles Police Department); Tim Goeglien (Focus on the Family); Craig DeRoche (Vice President of Justice Fellowship); Nick Sensley (Enforcement and Human Trafficking); Ken Welborn (Strategic Missionary to the United Nations); Richard Owen Roberts (Theologian and ‘Repentance’ Leader); David Butts (Chairman of the National Day of Prayer); Bobby Little (CEO of Christian Embassy); Gordon Heddell (Former Inspector General of Department of Defence) and Dr. Peter Lillback (Theologian and President of Westminster Theological Seminary). Active observers included Len Crowley (CEO of the Pointman Leadership Institute); Del Walinga (Director of the Christian Police Association); Lyndon Azcuna (Life Action Ministries); Rob Carter (Code 3 International); and (Jack Crans, CEO of County Corrections Gospel Mission).
The depth and breadth of the impact of this historic meeting remains to be seen but one thing is certain; the sobering reality of our nation at risk is before us! It behooves us to move forward with vigilance and strong initiative to declare a clarion call for a needful repentance and turning to God in a time such as this. I personally shall not rest until this summit and its resolutions are closely examined and it’s commentary be a hot-coal in my heart, igniting a response.
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