A Texas-based Christian group is planning to use the biblical verse reading from the book of Matthew to rally people around their cause, according to the website of the Texas Christian Alliance.
The bible verse reading will take place at the “Faith and Family Life” program, which includes Christian youth programs, as part of the group’s annual “Life and Faith” conference, according the website.
The group’s event is slated for Sunday at Walmart’s Family & Community Mart in Katy.
Pastor Matt Fink, who will be delivering the book, is a former employee of the store and was also its president, the website says.
Fink is a devout Christian and said the event is a way to bring attention to what he calls a “moral crisis” in the country, according his website.
Pastors and pastors have used the verse reading in past years to protest government policies, including President Donald Trump’s executive order that restricts immigrants from Muslim-majority countries from entering the U.S.
Pastoral leaders say they are trying to bring together people of different backgrounds and religious views, but Fink said the theme of the event, which he is calling “A Prayer for Faith,” is not one of that.
Pastoring for the past six years, Fink has been part of a group called The Pastor and his Family.
The group has a “church-to-church” service, which Fink describes as a “counseling” session for pastors and pastors who want to share their beliefs.
Finks church services have included prayers for the death of Planned Parenthood director Cecile Richards, who was shot and killed by a Dallas police officer in 2015.
Fink’s group has also hosted a prayer service for the Dallas police and is working with police departments to provide resources for their officers.FINK told the Houston Chronicle he plans to read the book during his weekly Sunday sermon.
He told the paper that the bible verse has become a “cultural touchstone” that has “become an iconic part of our culture.”