With the nation divided over Confederate monuments and Lexington on edge about a possible demonstration by white supremacists, Brittany Buchanan Douglas says racial reconciliation must begin with repentance and prayer.
“This is about us owning the mandate of the love of God that we say we carry,” she said Saturday, before she took the stage at Jesus Rally 2017, billed as “a call to unity through prayer.”
The event at Whitaker Bank Ballpark was scheduled to go from 2 to 8 p.m. and was organized by one of the nonprofits Douglas leads called The WAR Movement, which stands for worship, anointing and revival.
When Douglas reads II Chronicles 7:14, she said she sees an important message for Christians.
“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land,” the verse states.
“That’s for us to fix,” Douglas said. “We have to acknowledge the call to repent.”
Douglas, who also goes by Evangelist Bri, grew up attending the House of Prayer of Versailles, where her father, Bishop Rodney Douglas, is the pastor.
She’s a Dunbar High School graduate who holds a master’s in social work and a law degree. She said she spent a year practicing law and worked as a missionary before coming back to Lexington and focusing full time on ministry.
She said that about three years ago, during a time in which she prayed throughout the night, “I began seeing these pictures … a stadium worshiping God.”
Douglas said the date for the rally was set in the early months of this year, before the attack in Charlottesville, Va., and its aftermath.
“If you don’t think that God is intentional, that is proof,” she said.
While there were entire sections of the ballpark empty, there was no lack of spirit among those in attendance.
They lifted their hands high, waved flags and blew rams’ horns in worship as Douglas sang out “give us the wisdom to behold your beauty and tremble” and “Great I Am, heal the land.”
Groups, including the Family Foundation, had set up tables where they handed out brochures or offered products for sale.
Valerie Norman had come to Lexington from Pensacola, Fla., to volunteer at one of them.
“We were created by God to have relationship with him,” she said. “The fulfilling of that relationship … is in a relationship with Jesus Christ. That’s what our country needs.”