Pastors and congregations representing numerous Christian denominations from around the state gathered at the State House to declare their moral convictions at The Stand rally Saturday.
“We have gathered to declare there is a new day in South Carolina. There is a new day in this nation,” said Dr. Kevin Baird, pastor of Legacy Church in Charleston and director of the S.C. Pastors Alliance, which organized the rally. “We as pastors are here to say that we will not be silent. We will not be forced into some corner or closet.”
A couple hundred people stood on the State House lawn for the program, where they lifted hands and harmonies in praise before the pastors presented a declaration of their beliefs against abortion and gay marriage and in support of religious liberty.
“As pastors, we will use our influence to find and support political leaders who will value and prioritize our concerns in all they are elected to do,” read part of the declaration.
Baird said the American culture is at a “tipping point.”
“Our sins are numerous, and no political party is exempt,” Baird said. “We intend to not only defend our values, but we intend to recover and restore our values.”