King Jesus Rains on
by Angela Michael
Leviticus 18:22 “Do not lie with a man as one
lies with a woman; that is detestable.”
Clouds were building as the eighth annual Pridefest parade was
. Just as the parade was beginning, the skies opened and a deluge
poured out on parade-goers and on the parade. Can you hear God now?
One parade-goer shouted, “It’s raining on our parade! The Baptists are rejoicing!”
What was expected to be a record breaking crowd of over 80,000
appeared to be less than half of that. Thank you God! He used the
weather and unknown circumstances to keep them away.
The most revealing part of how God works is that He answers
prayers. Last year, if you remember St. Louis Pridefest 2006, we
personally walked out into the parade and rebuked St. Louis Mayor
Francis Slay and Police Chief Joe Mokwa. We told them what an
abomination their representation in leading this parade was, and that
sodomy was still illegal and on the books. We asked them to repent and
stay home next year.
Guess what? The mayor’s car held only the driver. The mayor
was a no-show! Chief Mokwa another no-show!
We addressed the Catholic Church in the parade last year and
let St. Louis Archbishop Burke know about this abomination. More
answer to prayer: no representation from the Catholic Church in the
parade and no Catholic booths inside this festival of decadence.
When the rain stopped, their pride showed through and it
wasn’t pretty. Topless, overweight, older men trudged along the
parade route in shorts and chains. Drag queens were also present.
The smell of alcohol and cigarettes permeated the air. Mixed-in
were banners and floats from Boeing, Pfizer, AT&T, Citibank, Mini
Cooper, Macy’s, Starbucks, and Pulaski Bank and also from various
What was really a reproach in this parade was the church
representation carrying banners and signs that we noticed contained
scriptures. Not one time did they mention sin. They misconstrued the
scriptures and took God’s Word out of context.
Churches represented in the parade included: United Unitarians,
United Church of Christ, Metropolitan Community Church, United
Methodists, Episcopalians and a few non-denominational. One car had an
oversized Bible on top of it saying on the side, “Educate
others about being the whosoever in John 3:16.”
We are to love the sinner but hate the sin. We can’t let
these people die in their sin. That’s why we were there. We had many
conversations this day with homosexuals.
Andrea, a Muslim holding her puppy Sherbet, talked of how she
was just coming out and if her Muslim father knew, she would be
Mitch, a 58-year-old homosexual from
, shared with me of how his wife of 7 years was mean to him and drove
him into another man’s arms looking for companionship. He almost
hated women for a time because of his former wife’s temperament. You
couldn’t help but feel for these people. Every one of them was
hurting and looking for love, but finding it in all the wrong places.
They need J-E-S-U-S!
We didn’t support this parade, “But
I come in peace.” They asked about my family and ministry. They
were amazed that we could be so peaceful with them even though I told
them that I did not support this parade or this abomination. “Don’t
you want to scream at us?” I said, “I
don’t think Jesus would do that.”
The young girl standing next to me said she was introduced to
homosexuality in high school. “When
you get a chance read this.” It was a Stephen Bennett tract, how
he came out. I was looking for her to drop it on the ground, but
instead she put it in her pocket.
The parade lasted approx 90 minutes.
After that, some Hope Clinic employees came up the steps and
greeted us. Yes, NARAL was in the parade and we recognized a few
escorts. You see, abortion and homosexuality go hand in hand; both
serve the same master: the devil.
Before we left, the young girl came up the steps and thanked me
for the talk and gave me a hug and left the area.
We entered the park and visited the booths; typical stuff but
the attendance was really down. Most of the participants were
gravitating to the entertainment stage to listen to the entertainers.
“There is a way that seems right to a man, but
in the end it leads to death.” Proverbs