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Thousands of Christians take a knee on the National Mall and repent for racial sins of America

Christians gathered for The Call's Rise Up rally sing and lift their hands in worship on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. on October 9, 2017 (Credit: The Christian Post)Article By Empowering Everyday Women Ministries //Prayer/ Social Justice

Share Mainstream media talks a lot about the division NFL players are causing by protesting police brutality against minorities by kneeling silently during the national anthem before games.

But a multi-ethnic crowd of thousands of Christians from across the United States came together on the national mall Monday, Oct. 9, to present a united front.

According to a Christian Post report, believers took a knee in prayer just blocks away from the U.S. Capitol, to petition God for forgiveness of America’s past and present racial sins, so that real reconciliation and healing can take place.

This display of unity happened during the weekend's "Awaken the Dawn" festivities, a women-focused prayer rally that brought Christian women of all different ethnicities, races and denominational backgrounds together.

In addition, the "Rise Up" worship assembly, put together by charismatic Christian leader Lou Engle, founder of The Call—a program that hosts twelve-hour prayer rallies—focused on prayers for racial reconciliation, putting an end to gender-based injustices and abortion in the U.S.

"We as a nation have rejected truth of Acts 17:26,” said speaker Alveda King, niece of iconic civil rights activist, Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Part of the scripture she quoted says, “From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth," highlighting that we are all connected in some way due to our similar origin. King told the large crowd that Americans have "embraced a sinful lie of racial division,” which is the primary cause of the "sin of injustice and racism."

It is a message she has been reiterating for quite some time.

Back in August, after a man rammed his car into a crowd of people at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, killing one and injuring nineteen, she told Fox & Friends in an interview, “Racism is sin. Hatred is sin.”

King, also the director of Civil Rights for the Unborn, spoke during morning prayer over the loudspeaker, declaring, “We break the sin of the lie of racism. We are not separate races. We are one blood. We can live together as brothers and sisters. I decree that we will not—in this nation and across the world—we will not perish as fools. We will return to God!"

"Rise Up" worshipers knelt in prayer.

"Let's show the world what taking a knee really means," one African-American rally leader told the audience reports Christian Post. "Let's show the world what it means to deal with a holy and righteous God, who is bringing healing for the pain that so many African-American women have faced when they got the phone call that their child had been shot in the street.”

Over the past few weeks, hundreds of players in the NFL have been sitting, kneeling, locking arms or remaining in locker rooms to protest racial injustice during games.

It all began with San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who is no longer employed by an NFL team. His stance and subsequent support from growing numbers of Americans, both on and off the football field, have sparked debates over first amendment rights, patriotism, and race relations in America.

Now, more than ever, unity is needed in this nation.

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