A Celebration of God and Country with Bishop E.W. Jackson
May 13, 2011
The Virginia Christian Alliance board members gathered together to support the Forum's 10th Salute to Family Dinner
Photos from the Event here and more below:
Bishop E.W. Jackson repeatedly brought nearly 400 guests to standing ovations at the Forum's 10th annual Shenandoah Valley "Salute to the Family" dinner last Friday evening, May 13, with a stirring call to a spiritual revival and to S.T.A.N.D. up for the Biblical values, enduring principles, and the Judeo-Christian foundation on which America was built and has prospered. Laus Deo!
Dressed in formal attire and a black derby, Jim Henry introduced the "God and Country" program theme with a Red Skelton-style comedic homily on the Pledge of Allegiance. He then led the audience in the Pledge itself with a deeper appreciation of its message, after which The Faithful Men sang The National Anthem. It was a much-needed reminder that freedom is never free.
The Jericho Plan served as the model for recognizing our elected representatives, military personnel, pastors, and "We the People", all marching together to confront evil and to rebuild the broken-down walls of America. In attendance were Congressman Bob Goodlatte, state Sen. Mark Obenshain, Delegates Dickie Bell, Ben Cline, Todd Gilbert, Steve Landes, Bob Marshall, and Tony Wilt, plus Commonwealth's Attorney Marsha Garst and Commissioner of the Revenue Lowell Barb.
Last year's winner Rita Dunaway presented our second annual Wilberforce Award to Sen. and Mrs. Mark Obenshain in recognition of their leadership in promoting Life, Faith, Family, and Freedom in our culture and in the public square. Applauding the selection, Family Foundation President Victoria Cobb highlighted the need for more such legislators in the VA General Assembly in order to pass badly needed pro-life and pro-family bills next year.
Bishop E.W. Jackson, Founder and President of S.T.A.N.D., then brought guests to their feet repeatedly with an inspiring and challenging call to "Stay True to America's National Destiny". Pointing to the Biblical principles on which America was founded and prospered, Jackson deplored the way in which these principles were under constant attack and how America was straying from the moral values and Constitutional safeguards established by our Founding Fathers.
He followed with a clarion call to Take a Stand for an America that would once again shine forth as a City on a Hill for the whole world. The program concluded with the entire audience singing "Stand Up, Stand Up for Jesus" and "God Bless America" – a moving close to a powerful evening.
In the end, the Celebration was a praise to God and a tribute to everyone who is committed to returning America to the firm foundation of "religion and morality" on which it has prospered for over 400 years.
For the Record:
You can watch this Celebration on the Valley Faith in Action program in three different segments online beginning with http://vimeo.com/23858039. We will also soon have the entire program available on one DVD. Stay tuned for details.