Photo from O Estado de São Paulo
Three million evangelical Christians marched through the center of São Paulo on Thursday to show their commitment to Jesus on Corpus Christi Feast Day, which is a Brazilian national holiday.
Now there's a march!
The AP reporter thinks the march might be less noticable next year because it may not be held on Avenida Paulista--the main business street in São Paulo. But, if you get 3 million to march on any street in São Paulo, or anywhere else, it will be noticed. I guarantee it.
Apparently the AP reporter didn't talk to the event promoters--or the marchers. AP frames it as primarily a Protestant vs. Catholic event. But, that's not how the participants viewed it--or São Paulo's state governor, Cláudio Lembo, who spoke at the event. Here's part of what Governor Lembo said:
Every time we seek for a symbol of peace, we help society towards a better way–-one of peace and dignity. São Paulo is grateful because we know that all power comes from God, but all power is administered by the people of God.
Governor Lembo also noted how peaceful and orderly the event was even with so many people. There were no clashes with the police or disturbances and the sort of violence and trashing that follows many of the minuscule (by comparison) demonstrations in downtown Portland.
The event, which has been held annually since 1993, is an international and interdenominational event promoted by the Renascer em Cristo (Reborn in Christ) churches. Its purpose is to give the church an opportunity
to show that it is not restricted to houses of worship, but is alive and open to all of society, and beyond uniting Christian churches, it is a public act expressing faith, love, thankfulness and exalting the name of Jesus Christ.
Look at the photos. A whole lot of young Brazilians are there. You can see how animated they are. That positive activism bodes well for Brazil and for the churches in Brazil.