Opinion: Falkirk Center summit was a gathering of Patriots

Sold out for God. Sold out for freedom. That’s exactly how I would describe the people who stood in the room with me at the Falkirk Center’s Faith Summit this past weekend. World-changers who love this country too much to let it go down without a fight. Individuals who love God and want to preserve future generations’ ability to worship him. 

Despite knowing full well the hate they will most likely receive for standing for what they believe in, they spoke with fervor, passionately calling other Americans and fellow Christians in the room to stand for something bigger
than themselves. 

The worship music echoed around the room during a break between the speakers. I stood there in awe. We are not the Conservative Christians the media tries to tell you we are. 

One of the speakers urged us to find our purpose — to figure out why we were created for this time and this place. We were not created to merely take up space. We were created for a purpose, a vision that was formed before the foundations of the earth. 

Years and years before I was born, God knew me and had a plan for me. He put me here in this time and this place for a specific reason, and I will not take that for granted. 

We are here for such a time as this. As Christians, we need to stand up and proclaim the gospel, and we need to stand up and defend our God-given liberties. Our liberties and freedoms do not come from government; they come from God. 

Duran and other ambassadors attended the Falkirk Center’s Summit.

One of the most beautiful parts of this country is that we are free to worship God however we see fit, without government intervention or prevention. Worldwide today, Christians are the most persecuted religious group. If we’re not careful, the waves of that persecution could make its way to the land that we love. 

I want to be part of the movement that rises up in defense of this nation. I want to help protect the religious liberties that we (should) hold so dear. If not for me, then for the future generations coming after us.

If we begin to lose the liberties we have here in America, it may not affect me too much at first. It will, however, greatly affect people years down the road. Do you want your children to be able to read the Bible and learn about God? Do you want them to have the chance to be free? 

I don’t want to look back and tell my future children stories about what this amazing country used to be. I want them to live in that same country, and I want them to be able to experience it for themselves. I don’t want to look back and tell them I sat on the sidelines while our country was being attacked from within — I want to be able to tell them that I stood arm and arm with others like the amazing people I stood with at the Falkirk Summit and tell them that together, we stood up for God and we stood up for our country — even when it wasn’t easy. 

I want to be able to tell them we did it for them, that we did it for their future children and we did it with the hope that others could grow up free. Free to live, free to love, free to worship and free to proclaim the name of our savior. Win or lose, I want them to know I stood. 

Bailey Duran is the Opinion Editor. Follow her on Twitter at @duran_bailey.


  • Do it Sweetie! The Lord will be with you all the way! So proud of you for standing for Him! You’re a blessing and inspiration! Praying you will inspire other young people to respond also! Will you send this to Pastor Burkett, he preached on this very thing yesterday? Love you Sweetie and so proud of you!

  • I’ll stand with you Bailey!!! AMEN SWEETHEART!!!

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