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Friday, August 5, 2016

Marching for Jesus

Founding of Sao Paulo   (Painting by Antonio Parreiras) 
In Galatians 5:22-23, St. Paul (aka “Sao Paulo”) lists these fruits of the Spirit:  “love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.”  Nothing specific was said about marching through the streets (unless, perhaps, that’s a subset of “joy”).

Nevertheless, the March for Jesus has been going strong since 1987.  It began in London, and is now especially popular in Brazil.  This year’s Sao Paulo march included “ten trucks with music… songs and short messages.”  At least 350,000 attended, and some say it was more like 3 million.

Portrayed in the secular media as a “Christian carnival,” this year’s event had political overtones. Because “some leaders of influential evangelical churches” have expressed opposition to the Brazilian government, many politicians were hesitant to attend.


Copyright August 5, 2016 by Linda Van Slyke   All Rights Reserved

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