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Deborah’s Voice in Washington, D.C.

October 25, 2018 by

It hasn’t exactly been an uplifting time for those following developments in the US government. Since Trump’s inauguration, uncertainty and division have marked the political scene and this month was no different as Kavanaugh’s nomination brought protests, hatred, and accusations to forefront.

But a trip to our nation’s capital city last week left me reassured and hopeful for our country.

Women rallying in DC

I went with forty other women from West Virginia to participate in a national rally of the Deborah’s Voice organization. This organization was formed in response to the Women’s March in Washington D.C. this January at which women promoting abortion and the LGBTQ agenda called themselves “the voice of American women.” When a pastor named Diane Mullins posted a comment stating, “Not my voice,” a movement was born. Over the next months, Diane Mullins felt called to imitate Deborah of the Old Testament and call Christian women to “awake, arise, and advance” in the strength of God and in the knowledge that he has gone before (see Judges 4, 5). The organization took the name, “Deborah’s Voice” and the watchword, “Awake. Arise. Advance.”

Over the last year, Deborah’s Voice has held rallies across the country calling for Christian women to come to D.C. and speak out the Biblical truths of womanhood, family values, and faith.

National Rally of Deborah's Voice

They came. Coaches from West Virginia, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Maryland, and Kentucky rolled in with 1000 women in bright blue T-shirts who soon swarmed the stairs below the Lincoln Memorial setting up speakers, flags, instruments, lawn chairs, and cameras. For six hours they danced, prayed, sang, and clapped. Ten speakers made their voices heard across the murky waters of the reflecting pool, turning the heads of morning commuters, D.C. residents on their daily runs, tourists from across the world, and a pair of mallard ducks unconcerned by the noise.

These words had the power and the urgency to reach the Capitol, the White House, and the Supreme Court buildings – almost visible across the mall. “We are surrounded by lies, hatred, and accusations and this discourages us. But we should not be discouraged. Because none of this has taken God by surprise,” urged Gigi Graham, daughter of Billy Graham, as she addressed the crowd. Other speakers gave a similar message of hope and called Christians to pray for the president, the Supreme Court, the congressmen and women, the senators and the legislators.

Deborah's Voice Rally at Lincoln Memorial

The words rang out across the mall and followed me as I wandered past the frozen figures of the Korean War Memorial. I needed to escape from the heat and was eager to make the most of my day in D. C. Only beyond the World War II monument did the music fade. I followed the edge of the Tidal Basin and climbed the stairs of the Jefferson Memorial. The silence inside spoke with urgency and force similar yet vastly different from the amplified words and worship we had left. The words here spoke with authority from across the years. “God who gave us life gave us liberty. Can the liberties of a nation be secure when we have removed a conviction that these liberties are the gift of God? Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just, that His justice cannot sleep forever.”

As I read these words and marveled at their relevancy to today, a nearby park ranger offered to answer any questions I might have. I shared my observations of the text, that they sounded as if spoken for today. “I agree. They’re trying to push God out of everything,” he said. “That’s what they’re doing over there…” and indicated in the direction of the White House.

Continuing around the Tidal Basin, I passed the expansive FDR Memorial, this man’s words an open challenge to every passerby: “In these days of difficulty, we Americans everywhere must and shall choose the path of social justice…the path of faith, the path of hope, and the path of love toward our fellow man.”

Then to the stunning white mountain of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial where his words of reassurance felt living and welcome: We shall overcome because the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.”

And I recognized that our government is not as transient, as changeable, as unpredictable and irrational as it sometimes seems. There may be ripples and waves that cause fear and division but the foundation is strong. There is something reassuring in the words of these people who are honored with vast monuments and remembered years after their deaths. Their firm grounding in faith, their adherence to certain unshakeable morals, and their acknowledgement of a higher governing power to which they were accountable have the weight to counteract the uncertainties of today’s political scene.

Map of National Mall showing cross
the cross built into the map of the National Mall

If you – like I do – find it hard to see any good in the doings of our nation’s leaders, please know that God is working in D. C. He’s speaking through bold and passionate women from many states and churches. He’s speaking through the words of men long-dead, but whose legacies are undiminished. And know – from the park ranger at the Jefferson Memorial – that at the heart of our nation, built into its foundation and impossible to remove, there is a cross. “So no matter what they want to do, they can’t hide who’s in control of this country.”

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