John Lewis Remembered as Simple Man of Faith in God Almighty

In this Dec. 6, 2019, file photo, civil rights leader U.S. Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., is extolled at an event with fellow Democrats before passing the Voting Rights Advancement Act to eliminate potential state and local voter suppression laws, at the Capitol in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

I knew John Lewis.

I first met Congressman John Lewis many years ago at the congressional cafeteria. He would always come in by himself, get his order and go to a corner to have lunch.

I had no idea who he was, just that he always seemed to be gruff, angry and determined.

I would regularly bump into him, and after a while, I asked one of the staff who he was, and they told me. I looked him up and was stunned.

He was a civil rights icon, but came in, lined up with everyone else and had his simple lunch.

Finally I had the courage to go up to him and ask him if I could pray with him. In his gruff way, he would say, "Oh, all right." He was the epitome of the "angry young man" that was the hallmark of his advocacy.

One little-known part of his legacy, though, is that he was a man of faith, and a seminary student when he began his work with Martin Luther King.

A few years back in an interview he said, "I'm deeply concerned that many people today fail to recognize that the movement was built on deep-seated religious convictions. And the movement grew out of a sense of faith—faith in God and faith in one's fellow human beings."

He went further:

"Sometimes when I look back and think about it, how did we do what we did? How did we succeed? We didn't have a website. We didn't have a cellular telephone. But I felt when we were sitting in at those lunch counter stools, or going on the Freedom Ride or marching from Selma to Montgomery, there was a power and a force. God Almighty was there with us."

"One generation shall commend your works to another, and shall declare your mighty acts" (Ps. 145:4).

The passing of Rep. John Lewis is a strong reminder to us that the original civil rights movement was led by godly men and women in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ to move America even closer to its godly founding.

The present movement is led in stark contrast by avowed communists who seek to destroy the very godly nation that the previous generation, epitomized by Congressman John Lewis, sought to improve.

To contact us or to submit an article, click here.

Get Charisma's best content delivered right to your inbox! Never miss a big news story again. Click here to subscribe to the Charisma News newsletter.

Five ways to deepen your relationship with God, increase your faith and save money!

  • Deepen Your Relationship with God with a FREE eCourse: Click Here to view all of our free e-Courses. Favorite topics include Fear, Forgiveness, Holy Spirit, Supernatural, and How to Hear God.
  • Super Discounts and Close-Out Specials: Click Here to view all our bundles and close-out specials and save up to 86%! Prayer, Holy Spirit, Anointing, the Supernatural and more.
  • God Wants to Anoint Women Now: Rise up and enter the anointing of Deborah, Anna, Esther, Ruth and Hannah. You were called to go higher. Click Here to learn more.
  • Change Your Atmosphere and Circumstances Through Prayer! John Eckhardt's prayer bundle gives you six powerful books to help you pray and change any situation. Click Here.
  • HUGE Bible Sale!: Click Here to save up to 50% off a great selection of Bibles. Plus, get a free gift with each order!

Subscription Special: Subscribe to Charisma for Only $24.97 and get a free gift. With your subscription, you'll receive Born For Significance by best-selling author Bill Johnson. View Offer

Attention Pastors and Leaders: Leadership training and development are crucial for success. Enroll in a FREE 1-hour leadership mini-course by Dr. Mark Rutland. View Details

Charisma News - Informing believers with news from a Spirit-filled perspective