Ohio’s capital, Columbus, is not only the national headquarters for Minutemen United, but it is also one of the Midwest’s most “progressive” cities when it comes to acceptance of the gay and lesbian “lifestyle”. It’s a city that is described as having “a lively, vibrant community with one of the most popular and successful Gay Pride festivals in the country, Columbus Pride.” (Source: http://gaytravel.about.com/od/previewsofpridefestivals/qt/Columbus_Gay_Pride.htm )
The festival’s parade was held this past Saturday, and for many in the Christian community (i.e., those who bothered to even notice) this might have been a concern, but for Minutemen United it was a time to make lemonade out of lemons, and we brought the water, and plenty of it – some 1,400 bottles worth. All that we needed was a hot, humid sun shiny day to create a willing audience of over 100,000 hot and thirsty parade attendees, and we certainly received all of that.
Minutemen took to their stations at various points along the parade route as homosexuals waved their rainbow colored flags and strutted around by the thousands in their prideful disdain for what is right and good. We stood in position and at the ready, and thanked God for this providential encounter. Highly outnumbered, the faithful Minutemen crew stood with water bottles, handing out a cold and refreshing Bible tract – free ice water and a message of eternal consequence. (See www.FreelyDrink.com )
For the most part we and our ‘bible tracts” were received with open arms, with only one exception – a young adolescent who said that he would rather expire from the heat than take our cold, refreshing offer, which seemed a rather ironic and telling statement as we felt that our cause is exactly that – a matter of life and death – with a blazing hot hell awaiting those that refuse the ultimate thirst quencher – Jesus Christ.
Minutemen United started, and will finish, the race that began this past Saturday, with men willing to take up the challenge, realizing the ultimate race that we are in. “Don’t you realize that everyone who runs in a race runs to win, but only one runner gets the prize? Run like them, so that you can win. Rather, I toughen my body with punches and make it my slave so that I will not be disqualified after I have spread the Good News to others.” (1 Corinthians 9:24-27)
We pray not only for those lost souls that paraded about on Broad and High in Columbus on Saturday, but as well for those who financially and morally support the “gay” movement and for the churches that felt it their calling to actually participate in the parade.
If you will get involved in this ministry, what you see will utterly shock you. And we guarantee that you will never be the same – especially when you see the multitude of per-adolescent children who are there with their guardians celebrating “diversity”. God help us all!
We look forward to working with all those whom claim Christ as their Savior, and especially those who say, “Here am I. Send me!” (Isaiah 6:8)