It all started when a group of young believers came across an atheist advertisement in the subway which stated, “A Million New Yorkers Are Good Without God. Are You?" From there, a bunch of youth pastors and leaders came together to gather other youth ministries from the 5 boroughs to do a prayer walk in the city. Each one was to wear a simple shirt with a bold statement, “God Belongs in My City“ and declare that God is the God of the nation. In a span of two weeks or less, over 1,500 people made their way through Manhattan to spread the word.
I personally am extremely blessed by this. Every time I visit the website to check the video and photos, it gives me chills. We all know what New York City is like and it is not easy being a Christian there. But standing up for what we believe in and for sharing what we know to be true isn't something we should apologize for. Yes, some people can come across as pretty strong and hypocritical, but what's important is the message. God is real, my friends. He is the one who created EVERYTHING and when all else fades, He will still reign supreme.
"God Belongs In My City is our declaration of Faith. As Christ came and changed the world, we as Christians ought to impact our city now. There is a call to fearlessly rise up as one and not collapse under the waves of this world. We are commissioned to carry forth the Gospel of Salvation!" - Danny S.
Photo credit: Johnny Lopez taken during the second prayer walk last October 30, 2010
If you're in New York or the other states mentioned in their website, try to get involved. This is one thing I wish I could be a part of!