NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. (WJBF) – Special prayers went out for this nation’s government in downtown North Augusta Wednesday.
“We have one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and one Father of all,” said Anglican Church of the Holy Trinity Senior Pastor, Reverend Rob Hartley to crowd at Wade Hampton Veterans Park.
One North Augusta prayed for one nation and a myriad of government leaders.
Christian organizers pitched tents for a city-wide prayer downtown to give home to those who lead them.
Rev. Hartley said of the prayers for government, “We wanted good, Godly people to be raised up to lead this country and as Christians we wanted to pray into that.”
With fanning and lots of cold water to go around, the heat was no match for those like Frank Douglas who said policy makers must follow a higher law in order to lead him.
“Christian leadership is important. Those who follow the bible, believe the bible is the truth, God’s word,” he said of what’s important to him in a leader.
Songs to the Most High accompanied more prayers and words from government leaders already charged with creating laws for North Augustans.
South Carolina State Senator Shane Massey, who represents District 25 told us, “We should challenge our leaders whether elected or unelected, that they perform in ways that are pleasing to God and that’s a struggle that we all have because we all are tempted by secular interests.”
“My values are shaped by my faith. My identity is shaped by that. I’m shaped as a Christian, as an American and all of these values I want to be represented by the people who step forward,” Rev. Hartley said.
And as the country pulls itself up from the atrocities of the past week, Sen. Massey said sometimes help is needed.
“Leading is hard enough, but leading in times of exceptional divisiveness is even more difficult and that is when you need people to step forward and to try to take on some of these challenges. It’s also when we all need to acknowledge that on our own, by ourselves we just don’t have the power in order to address these challenges.”Photojournalist: Mark Gaskins