In light of the recent Occupy Nigeria protests, and discussions last Fall regarding mobilizing people to conduct silent prayer meetings in front of abortion clinics, (when the clinics are closed), (Bound4Life), I want to know what you all think about Christians protesting and silently seiging.
To give you an idea of where some people have fallen in the discussions, I'll provide you with a brief outline:
On the one hand, the weapons of our warfare are not carnal. Protests typically have a negative connotation. Thoughts of rioting come to mind, when protests get out of control, which they have the tendency to do, as they are emotionally driven.
Regarding protesting, some believe our energy can be channeled to a more effective means of affecting change. Firstly, we can "protest" to our just Judge, Our Father in Heaven. We could intercede from a room, tucked away from the public, where we are not visible and God will still hear and can answer our prayers. Additionally, one person can pray for something to happen and it could happen. Lastly, depending on your skills and giftings, in addition to prayer, you can do other things. ie educating, writing etc.
On the other hand, we are commissioned to go out into the world and be bold, spreading the gospel and truth. Protesting and seiging certainly make statements to the public. Regarding seiging specifically, the prayer meeting makes a statement to the public while warring in the Spirit on behalf of others. Furthermore, there is something more powerful, more impacting, when praying with others. Notwithstanding, the importance and presence of God while connecting with God on your own, in your secret place. However,when believers come together and join their faith, God is in their midst and the presence of God is felt.
I want to know what you think. So, what are your thoughts about Christians protesting? Share what you know about this topic, based on your own revelation or teachings you have received.