How fitting it should be, in the state of Kansas, aggressively Republican and aggressively evangelical Christian, that the governor of the state should be one of God's own people (GOP) (at least, according to one of the event's organizers), and became the
humble celebrity politician apologist for all of humanity in front of a listening audience of 25 million around the globe Saturday, December 8, 2012. Famous for saying that “Lobbyists are children of God, too" about influence peddlers in the government, and a one time seeker of the Presidency, Brownback, like Texas governor Rick Perry, is not afraid to let the light shine on him in good old fashioned Republicanism at its best–in prayer, on his knees, beseeching the Lord for forgiveness–for everything and everybody. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports:
Brownback was introduced by Cole about an hour into the programming.
“Let’s repent, get before God,” she said. “You have a man, a leader, willing to do that.”
Brownback then walked front and center amid spirited applause.
“What a beautiful tent full of beautiful people,” he said.
The governor spoke for about 10 minutes, touching on 9/11 and the phrase “In God We Trust” as it pertains to the country and his wish that God be with it.
He also conveyed a personal story about his journey to Christ. In 1995 after being diagnosed with cancer, Brownback said he searched for something real he “could hold on to.” He thought of what was dear to himself — his farm, parents, children — and knew none would last forever.
“I finally reached up and said, ‘God, this life’s yours.’ It started a great adventure,” he said.
Brownback ended his time on stage praying for forgiveness of his sins, while also asking forgiveness of man’s sins, like broken treaties with Native Americans and slavery, or generalizations, such as greed and lust.
“I pray this as a child of God, I pray this as a sinful man, I pray this as somebody in the position of governor in the state of Kansas, I pray this in the name of Jesus,” he said.
…culminating in a movement of God's hand across America to bring healing, restoration and unprecedented unity and prosperity.
That mom, Shawn-Marie Cole, began to pray. She asked friends, family and countless intercessors to pray, and the vision was confirmed many times over—a nationwide gathering of unity for the Body of Christ was to take place. God continued to show His favor to Shawn-Marie and her father, Walt Kallestad, Senior Pastor of Community Church of Joy in Glendale, Arizona. In November 2007, God indeed called Michael W. Smith to lead worship for the event. In February 2008, Shawn-Marie and Walt were able to meet with President George W. Bush in the White House, where they shared the vision with him and extended the invitation to participate.
Below is the video featuring Cole relating the vision, (Bush was not able to attend after all, vision or no, although she got Michael W. Smith to play at the event, and Rep. Trent Franks (R-Arizona) gave a holy show of himself in George W. Bush's place):
Leading up to the four-hour event, a massive storm with life-threatening tornadoes, heavy rain and winds, and lightning was heading straight towards the gathering at the National Mall in D.C. The National Park Service issued one warning, saying that after three warnings—or the first bolt of lightning—they were going to pull the plug and the event would not happen. Realizing it was beyond their control, with less than an hour until the event was to start, ReignDown USA's leaders and intercessors knelt behind the stage and cried out for God to divert the storm to the North and the South. They called upon the power of the Holy Spirit for the winds to shift from the West to the East and blow the storm away. As they cried out on their knees and begged God to move…He did! The wind shifted! The Park Service, watching the weather radar, said that somehow the storm cell was shifting its course and heading to the North.
God held the storm back for the entire four hours. The moment the last song was played (aptly called "Rain Down",) the first drops of rain began to fall, and a massive downpour doused the area.
Though the call was extended to the President of the United States, he was unable to attend. But God, in order to fulfill His vision, sent a man of authority from the Capitol—with a tender heart for the Lord—to stand in the President’s place. Congressman Trent Franks would come not only to read a proclamation that the President made at the request of ReignDown USA; he would fall to his knees as tears streamed down his cheeks, repenting, putting the final brush strokes on the picture of God’s vision. Not only did Congressman Franks do this, he participated the entire evening. He knelt down in his suit to pray with children and spoke with many.
The event was hosted by the State of Kansas. The event organizers were adamant in their protests that no state money was used to host the event. Below is the original proclamation by Governor Brownback about the event:
TO THE PEOPLE OF KANSAS, GREETINGS:
WHEREAS, the State of Kansas will host the national simulcast of REIGNDOWN USA in Topeka on December 8, 2012, bringing thousands here from across the country; and
WHEREAS, people from across America will join the millions from around the world on TV simulcast live from MacLennan Park, in the heart of America; and
WHEREAS, the first REIGNDOWN celebration was held 2008 in Washington DC, on the Capitol Grounds, introduced by proclamation of the President of the United States of America, with millions participating on site, on TV, and by computer; and
WHEREAS, regional REIGNDOWN events continued until the need was seen for the gathering to be held in the heart of our Nation; and
WHEREAS, many of our families have slid into poverty, endangering out next generation of citizens, our lands are parched by drought, our quality jobs are scarce, business and industry are struggling to expand, and many of our people have fallen into despair; and
WHEREAS, our Nation’s greatest leaders have called on a merciful God for favor during troubled times, such as:
“We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of Heaven; we have been preserved these many years in peace and prosperity; we have grown in numbers, wealth and power as no other nation has ever grown. But we have forgotten God.” – Abraham Lincoln, 1863.
“The propitious [favorable] smiles of Heaven can never be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right which Heaven itself has ordained.” – George Washington, 1789.
“I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that his justice cannot sleep forever.” – Thomas Jefferson, 1787; and
WHEREAS, we collectively repent of distancing ourselves from God and ask for His mercy on us:
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Sam Brownback, GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF KANSAS, do hereby proclaim December 8th 2012, as a
Day of Restoration
in Kansas and ask every citizen of our state to join in asking a Holy God to bring healing and restoration – help in mending broken lives, bringing peace to our families, our communities, and this land.
DONE: At the Capitol in Topeka
under the Great Seal of the
State this 23rd day of
November, A.D. 2012
BY THE GOVERNOR: Samuel Brownback