Promise Keepers & Christian Unity
by Kevin Offner
It was a hot and humid first week of October here in Washington, D.C., and my wife and I had kept the windows of our Capitol Hill row house open as we went to sleep Friday night. We were awakened at 5:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 4, by the sound of the loud voices of men from the sidewalk outside. We are used to hearing obscenities and shouting from our street, but these voices weren’t angry—they were cheerful and enthusiastic, punctuated with occasional bursts of laughter.
The Promise Keepers had arrived! Dozens and dozens of them were pouring out of busses all along our Maryland Avenue, and they were making their way by foot to the Mall, that long grassy area between the Capitol and the Washington Monument. There was a sense of excitement and anticipation in their faces and voices as they walked. My wife enthusiastically ran to the window and shouted, “Go-o-o-o-o-o-o Guys!”
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Kevin Offner is on the staff of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. He has written for Re:Generation Quarterly, Critique, Student Leadership Journal, and First Things. He lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife Amy. They are members of the Presbyterian Church in America. He is a contributing editor for Touchstone.
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