Red and Blue United In Worship
By Karen Battiste
In the Lahaye event space Monday evening, Liberty University hosted a worship event to join together students of all political preferences, before the election, through group prayer, biblical teaching, and worship.
One highlight of the event was when the speaker of the night, an Evangelism Professor at Liberty University, Dr. David Wheeler had everyone get into small groups and pray hand in hand for fellow students, the election and the country.
“If I had to pick one, probably just the time we spent in prayer,” said Ryan Burket, a sophomore at Liberty, when asked what was his favorite part of the Unified event. “You know, even though they were complete strangers it was just a real good time of connecting not only with fellow believers but also with God.”
The worship event was led by Liberty University’s worship band, Liberty Worship Collective. While this band normally leads the tri-weekly convocation on campus, Monday night they led Unified attendees in several contemporary Christian songs.
Some of the worship songs from Unified were:
- Lord, I Need You by Chris Tomlin
- Set My Heart by The Vertical Church Band
- One Thing by Hillsong Worship
"The atmosphere was, in the beginning, like a little tense because, I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one who thought…the message that was given was going to be biased but the message was completely unbiased,” said Izzy Burges, a music student at Liberty. “So, once the Worship collective started singing it just soothed the tension and just made it a wonderful atmosphere to be in.”
The theme of the event was to unite students with differing political opinions by focusing on the fact that they all hold the same opinion of Christ. Wheeler taught from the Bible reminding students that even if they aren’t a part of the same political party, as brothers and sisters in Christ they are all part of the same body and should therefore treat each other kindly in love rather than fighting.
“Political parties offer no clear moral choice for believers”, Cierra Carter wrote in the Liberty Champion. Wheeler taught students at Unified that the best moral choice for believers regarding politics is to simply treat each other as family in Christ.
The above story was written by a student journalist at Liberty University for a class project.