The growing religious fervor of the American right
At the revival, as praise music played softly, Mr Frederickson, dressed in a cardigan and cuffed skinny jeans, urged the crowd not to believe ‘the lie’ of separation from the Church and the state.
Among the speakers was Heidi St. John, a homeschooling advocate running for Congress from Washington State. She praised Moses’ mother – “she did not comply!” – and urged people to leave their churches if their pastors were too “shy” politically.
Mr. Ahn, the pastor of Harvest Rock Church in Pasadena, who also spoke at the event, said he did not see it as just a worship service or a political rally. “It’s both,” he said. “My understanding of the kingdom of Jesus is that he is Lord, not only over the church, but over all aspects of society. It means family, education, arts, entertainment, business for sure, and government.
Worship is increasingly becoming a central part of right-wing events that are not exclusively aimed at a Christian audience.
ReAwaken America events, organized by Oklahoma talk show personality and entrepreneur, billed as gatherings of ‘truth seekers’ who oppose pandemic precautions, believe 2020 election was stolen, are suspicious of Black Lives Matter and want to explore “what really happened” on January 6. Most of the events are hosted by large churches, and the main sponsor is Charisma News, a media outlet serving charismatic Christians.
In February, a ReAwaken event at Trinity Gospel Temple in Canton, Ohio opened with a set of worship music from Melody Noel Altavilla, songwriter and worship leader at Influence Church in Anaheim, California. “Your presence fills the temple as we worship you,” Ms. Altavilla sang. The music rose in the dark sanctuary.
In an interview, Ms Altavilla said she was delighted to be asked to perform because it was a chance to “create space for God” at a secular event.