An Open Letter to the 115th Congress of the United States of America
To our Honorable Representatives, along with your Esteemed Staff and Colleagues:
God bless you! Thank you for your service to our nation.
I am privileged to be traveling to all 435 Congressional Districts this year, to PRAY the length-and-breadth of our nation in this tumultuous time, connecting our communities in prayerful agreement, that even in the media-fanned fire of this midterm-election year, our cancerous culture of polarization would be overcome by God’s spirit of reconciliation.
I don't want to prayerwalk through your District without reaching out to you. Would you please allow me the honor of serving you, by letting my team and I know how we might pray for you, your staff and your constituents?
Having been called to prayerwalk our nation for 17 years to date, I've had the opportunity to speak from hundreds of pulpits representing the full bandwidth of American Christianity--economically, racially, and culturally. Some folks think God is a Republican; others are convinced He's a Democrat. In Isaiah 55:9, God self-identifies as being infinitely above either side of the aisle:
For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so My ways are higher than your ways and My thoughts higher than your thoughts.
WHEN ABRAHAM LINCOLN quoted Scripture, saying, “A house divided against itself cannot stand,” his speech became a rallying cry for the preservation of our Union. More than 150 years later, we are divided as ever. Deep down, we know our struggle is spiritual, not political. Yet, in an utterly post-partisan way, we believe God has chosen the often-acrimonious arena of politics for “such a time as this,” to demonstrate His merciful healing in response to the genuine repentance of His people. Simply and symbolically...
Red + Blue = Purple
Not a politically correct convergence of feel-good platitudes, but a common trajectory, from varying Christian faith-traditions, toward one transcendent and Biblical goal: True oneness in Christ, as reflected in the preamble of our Intercessory Appeal to Heaven, which, Lord willing, will be proclaimed nationwide on Election Eve…
Just as an artist combines reds and blues to create royal hues of purple, we believe when WE THE PEOPLE come together under the Master's Hand in genuine unity, we transcend the earthly realm of political party-demarcation and step into the majesty of God's Kingdom. Here, He exhorts us to pray for one another as a "first of all" priority, especially for those He has empowered with governmental authority....
By His grace, here are three outcomes we're hoping for as we prayerwalk your District:
1. To encourage and bless you.
Scripture tells us that praying for those in authority leads us to living a "quiet and peaceable" life. Considering the increasingly caustic political environment you find yourself in daily, a little peace and quiet would be a welcome change.
2. To serve those who serve you.
Everywhere we go, we partner with pastors, coming alongside them to prayerwalk their parishes, honoring them as the visible caretakers of their communities, even while calling them, together, to a deeper expression of friendship-based unity.
Who are your "go-to" ministerial leaders? In your faith-life, who has your back? As we connect with pastors in your District, we want to honor those who care for you. We would count it a privilege to agree with them in prayer.
3. To rally your constituents toward a day of nationwide agreement-in-prayer on Election Eve, November 5, 2018.
Lord willing, the ministerial leaders we rally will, in turn, rally their peers, that, come Election Eve, there would be a spiritual army at your doorstep (and every Member of the 115th Congress), praying for you...blessing you. The entire nation, all 435 Districts, agreeing in prayer.
In our sincere hope of blessing you, I remain your brother in His grace,
Pastor Tom's Bio
Rev. Tom Demaree, Founder/Director of Pentecost Walk, has prayerwalked over 23,000 miles across the length and breadth of the country, bringing God’s message of repentance-in-unity to the body of Christ by coming alongside pastors and leaders as a brother and a friend. To date, these joint-efforts have touched all 50 states, involving thousands of churches. As a speaker and singer/songwriter, Tom brings the word of the Lord in a refreshingly plainspoken manner—a safe haven for the listener, whether conservative or charismatic. By God’s grace and favor alone, his life has been catalytic to many embracing a deeper intimacy with Christ, and through that intimacy, rediscovering the joy of His unity with one another.
Tom served on staff under Pastor Jack Hayford in the mid-eighties and two subsequent West Coast churches before devoting himself fully to trans-local ministry in the late nineties. A self-described "Roman Bapticostal," he and his wife, Deanna, have three children and one son-in-law (no grandchildren yet), ages 26-33. When not on the road, they make their home in Franklin, Tennessee.