“It’s important to do a Prayer March because we want to make a positive statement as opposed to a negative statement,” Hile said. “Positively, we want to identify, from our perspective, we believe in Genesis 1:26-27 that says God created man, in his image and likeness, so we affirm the value of every human being because they are image bearers.”
He added, “When an image bearer is mistreated or treated unjustly that’s not just an offense to other people, but it’s also an offense to God.”
Hile explained that they value human life “from the womb to the tomb” and because of that when something happens that threatens human life - they will “graciously” speak out against it.
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The Prayer March is specifically for clergy, Hile said. The group planned the march in this way to limit the number of people and to minimize the possible spread of COVID-19.
“As ministries of the Gospel, we believe the Gospel of Jesus Christ is the only hope and the only solution,” Hile said. “We’re doing our best to demonstrate what that is supposed to look like.”
The organizers of the Prayer March have communicated with the Springfield police chief and city manager to ensure a safe route, Hile added.