While “March for Our Lives” demonstrations across the country dominated news coverage over the weekend, thousands of Christians marched through the streets of downtown Dallas on Sunday night to send the message that the one true answer to gun violence in the United States can be found in God.
Marchers in First Baptist Dallas’ “March for Eternal Life” carried a giant illuminated cross from the 12,000-member megachurch down to Klyde Warren Park in the heart of the city, where it was firmly erected to commemorate Palm Sunday.
Although 2018 is the second year that the church has held the event to commemorate the beginning of Holy Week, Senior Pastor Robert Jeffress told The Christian Post that there was more enthusiasm for this year’s march in light of the demonstrations that occurred across the country Saturday.
“Saturday, thousands of people around our country [participated] in a ‘March for Our Lives,’ advocating for stricter gun control to end the epidemic of violence. We think that is great and certainly re-examining gun control laws may be part of the solution to ending violence but it is not all of the solution,” Jeffress said in a phone interview.
“Focusing on legislation change alone to change our country is like putting a bandaid on a cancer [patient]. It doesn’t deal with the root problem.”
“What is really needed in America is a change of people’s hearts and only the Gospel of Jesus Christ can do that,” he continued. “What we’re doing in our march is … we are saying that we believe that the only hope for America is faith in Jesus Christ.”